Indonesia’s Halal Product Assurance Agency certifies 10 million MSMEs

INDONESIA – The Halal Product Assurance Agency, Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Produk Halal (BPJPH) in Indonesia, has issued halal certifications to 10 million micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), gaining support from the Presidential Staff Office (KSP). The halal certification program for 10 million MSMEs is targeted for those involved in sectors that have low risk in terms of the halal aspect, such as food and beverage, animal slaughter services, food stalls, restaurants, hotel kitchens, food courts in malls, and e-commerce. Deputy III of KSP Panutan Sulendrakusuma stated that the KSP…

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American restaurant Five Guys renews agreement with software tech CM Systems LLC

U.S – Five Guys, an American fast casual restaurant chain, has renewed its agreement with CM Systems LLC and its ComplianceMate food safety software that automatically tracks key indicators of food safety risk through 2025. Unlike other Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) concepts, Five Guys does not use frozen meat in its burgers. All food is cooked fresh, and the storage of ingredients within Five Guys’ refrigerators is very closely monitored for quality and food safety. “ComplianceMate continues to prove itself to be the best solution for all of our corporate…

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Integrated Media Technology Limited signs equity agreement with Malaysia’s World Integrated Supply Ecosystem

World Integrated Supply Ecosystem MALAYSIA – Integrated Media Technology Limited (IMTE), an Australia-based technology investment, product development and distribution company, has announced the signing of a subscription agreement for 60% equity interests in World Integrated Supply Ecosystem (WISE), a Malaysian company engaged in the business of the provision of halal certification to qualified businesses/operations, the establishment of halal products supply chain and sale of halal products. “We are very excited to work with WISE and its management team to build a halal ecosystem. Although this is not IMTE’s traditional technology…

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Isle of Man announces progress in milk regulations

Britain/Ireland – Isle of Man’s, an island in the Irish sea, Environment Minister has announced the progress made in the regulation and quality of cows’ milk, after a critical scrutiny report highlighted serious flaws in how the island’s dairy industry is regulated. The report had three initial recommendations, the first of which is the need to develop and implement a rating scheme for all producers based on the publication of the results of tests and inspections. The others are to have ’a more transparent escalation framework for quality issues and…

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Eagle Protect discovers gloves contamination posing risk to consumers health

U.S – Eagle Protect, the industry leader in glove related cross-contamination research, have found at least 10 different enterotoxigenic strains of Bacillus cereus contamination on new and unused single-use gloves during its independent testing of 26 different brands. These findings are of note because the Bacillus microbe was found responsible for a recent recall of meat products, triggered by testing from the U.S. Department of Defense. Eagle Protect’s findings, combined with the meat recall notice, has prompted the company to issue an urgent warning to the food handling industry on…

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InfinityQS bags ‘Top Software & Technology Provider’ title for 11th time

U.S – InfinityQS International Inc., the leading provider of statistical process control software and services, has announced that it has been named a Top Software & Technology Provider by Food Logistics magazine for the 11th year in a row. Food Logistics is the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product and information through the cold food and beverage supply chain. Formerly known as the FL100+, the annual award list honors software and technology providers who ensure a safe, efficient, and reliable global cold food and beverage supply…

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Dubai’s Food Safety Department’s digitized management system enhances food safety

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Dubai Municipality’s Food Safety Department has revealed that its digital initiative, ‘My Food’, is ensuring the safety of 3 billion meals, 8 million tonnes of food annually consumed by residents and tourists. According to the department, more than 300,000 people within the city help transport, store, prepare, cook, serve and deliver food to the doorsteps of consumers. More than 200,000 food handlers prepare over three billion meals that are served to 20 million tourists and 3.3 million residents. “‘My Food’ is the world’s first digital transformation…

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Consumer Organizations seek to prevent new employee-based inspection system from taking effect

U.S – National food-policy and consumer organizations have filed a motion asking for a federal court to rule on a case involving the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) New Swine Inspection System (NSIS), that they claim greatly undermines the ability of federal inspectors to protect consumers from foodborne illnesses. NSIS has been part of continuous effort by Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to ensure a safe supply of wholesome American pork, according to the National Pork Producers Council. A voluntary program supported by many years of research, NSIS…

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European Commission’s audits reveal food safety gaps in Romania, Finland dairy products

ROMANIA/FINLAND – The European Commission’s health and safety agency have discovered several safety issues in milk and dairy products in Romania and Finland. This was after the release of results from two audits conducted by the commission in the two countries. The first remote audit, in December 2020 in Romania, found the official control system was comprehensive but there were some issues with lab testing and enforcement. As dairy sites are registered based on their commercial activities, most “non-professional” holdings are not subject to official controls because they are not…

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FDA announces Egg Regulatory Program Standards for regulatory organizations

U.S – The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Egg Regulatory Officials (NERO) have announced a new initiative for state egg and egg product regulators entitled the Egg Regulatory Program Standards (ERPS), designed to integrate the regulatory activities of partner agencies into a process for improving egg and egg product safety in the US. The new standards are exclusive to egg and egg product regulatory organizations, not for manufacturers or growers of eggs. The ERPS are comprised of 10 individual standards namely regulatory foundation, training program, inspection…

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