Ghana’s draft Aflatoxin Policy awaits Cabinet approval

GHANA – Ghana’s effort to espouse a coordinated approach for aflatoxin control in food and feed has been given a boost with the development of a draft policy by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (CSIR-STEPRI) for approval of the Cabinet. The policy is intended to harness the collective skills and strengths of various stakeholders for the efficient management of aflatoxins in the country so as to help increase income of food value chain actors. Aflatoxin contamination is said to be highly…

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IAEA/FAO joint efforts help Sri Lanka Food Safety & Quality Assurance Lab maintain food safety

SRI LANKA – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an autonomous international organization that seeks to promote peaceful use of nuclear energy, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO),  have been assisting the Food Safety and Quality Assurance Laboratory (FSQAL) in Sri lanka  to develop its testing capability hence protecting consumers from contaminated products such as coconut oil. The two agencies have been supporting laboratories to ensure competence in staff and technological capacity to meet international standards and attain accreditation. Sri Lanka has had…

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Ugandan maize millers request UNBS to extend certification deadline

UGANDA – Maize millers and traders in Uganda have pleaded with Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to extend the deadline for certification saying they are ill-prepared as the June 30th deadline issued did not consider the various problems they are going through, some of them caused by the government and others by nature.  The millers and traders have been faulted for creating a leeway for maize contamination through poor storage and transportation, hence the requirement to have UNBS certification.  The certificate will be issued after thorough assessment of the…

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