China to enhance food safety inspection of government’s food donations

CHINA – Shanghai, one of the major economic and population centers of China, is set to enhance food safety inspection of the government’s gift packs for residents under lockdown, following some complaints about their quality. According to Tao Ailian, a Senior Official of the Shanghai Administration for Market Regulation, the city’s market watchdog has found quality problems, mainly relating to…

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China grants Kenyan avocado exporters access to domestic market dotted with strict requirements

KENYA – Kenyan avocado exporters will now have opportunity to sell their fresh produce to the populous Far East nation, China, which had initially in 2019 only allowed in the fruit in its frozen form. The opening comes after a successful completion of the rigorous Pest Risk Analysis carried out by Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) and the National…

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China publishes new rules to fast-track gene editing of crops in country, UK to follow suite

CHINA – China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has published new regulations for the approval of gene-edited plants, amid a raft of measures aimed at overhauling the country’s seed industry, which is seen as a weak link in efforts to ensure national food security. The draft rules stipulate that once gene-edited plants have completed pilot trials, a production certificate…

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China suspends Canadian beef imports due to Mad cow disease concerns

CANADA – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has confirmed that China, the meat industry’s third largest global market, has halted imports of beef from Canada following the discovery of a case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease, on a farm in Alberta, Canada. BSE is an incurable and invariably fatal neurodegenerative disease of cattle. Symptoms…

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China’s GM corn, soybean obtain safety approval for production

CHINA – Consequent to nearly 10 years of food and environmental safety assessments, genetically modified (GM) corn and soybean involved in a pilot program in China, have obtained safety certificates for production and application. “The application of traits that resist pests and tolerate herbicides and drought has improved the competitiveness of genetically modified crops, such as corn and soybean, in…

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Starbucks outlets inspected to verify food safety issues claims

CHINA – Market regulators in eight Chinese cities have carried out inspections of Starbucks shops after food safety issues were found at two outlets in the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi. The checks followed a newspaper report by two Beijing News reporters who carried out undercover investigations from late October to mid-November, that alleged the two outlets in Wuxi had…

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CABIO Biotech receives organic certification for products

CHINA – CABIO Biotech, a manufacturer of food additives, has obtained the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Organic certification for its Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) Oil, Aquatic plants Seaweed and DHA Algae Oil. It received the notification from organic certification organization Ecocert SA. EcoCert SA is a certification body on sustainable development, founded in France in 1991. It is based…

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China proposes GM crops regulations amendment to reinforce seed industry

CHINA – China has proposed an amendment of regulations governing genetically modified (GM) crops, in a move that is likely to strengthen the nation’s seed industry amid heightened food security concerns. Ahead of the central economic work conference and rural work conference in the coming month, the Ministry of Agriculture has proposed a series of regulatory changes to boost the…

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China’s anti-triad unit nabs 1700 tonnes smuggled frozen meat

CHINA – Hong Kong’s New Territories North anti-triad unit in cooperation with the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, have seized sixty-eight containers with 1,700 tonnes of smuggled frozen meat  worth at least HK$500 million (US$ 64,173,862)  from a container yard on Lung Kwu Tan Road in Tuen Mun. Chief inspector Au Yeung Tak from the New Territories North anti-triad unit,…

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Shandong Santao Food upgrades production line by integrating TOMRA’s 5B sorter

CHINA – Shandong Santao Food, one of the leading enterprises in China’s frozen food industry, has selected TOMRA as its partner to upgrade production line automation to ensure quality, improve product value, and build its brand with cutting-edge technology. Prior to the line upgrade, Santao’s production was completely manual, which inevitably had limitations when dealing with large or emergency orders.…

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