FAO, SADC debut Regional Agricultural Information Management System

AFRICA – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have together unveiled the first SADC Agricultural Information Management System (AIMS), a platform to generate agricultural data for the region’s evidence-based decision-making. For policy-makers, the lack of trustworthy and consistent data in the agricultural sector in Southern Africa has always been…

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FAO/WHO expert committee finalizes discussions on mitigating microbial contamination in fruits, vegetables

GLOBAL – The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meetings on Microbial Risk Assessment (JEMRA) has concluded that Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) coupled with Good Hygiene Practices (GHP) during cultivation and harvest, are the most effective means of mitigating the risk of microbial contamination. JEMRA had a session on the prevention and control of microbiological hazards in fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the…

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FAO promotes implementation of biosafety, biosecurity in veterinary laboratories

GHANA – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has concluded a five-day workshop to accelerate the adoption of a regional approach in the implementation of biosafety and biosecurity measures in veterinary laboratories. Veterinary diagnostic and research laboratories play a vital role in public health, animal disease diagnosis, surveillance, food safety and animal welfare, FAO notes. Potential…

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FAO underscores significance of food safety in improving cross-border trade

EAST AFRICA – Representatives drawn from various sectors in East Africa have been trained on Food Safety and Coordination on Border Regulations towards improving the safe trade of agro-food commodities in the region. The Eastern Africa (EA) Subregional Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority (NCTTCA) jointly sponsored the training…

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FAO, Nigerian stakeholders reiterate commitment to food safety

NIGERIA – Nigerian stakeholders in the food and commerce sectors, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), have reiterated their commitment to ensuring that Nigeria continues to uphold international standards for food safety. The stakeholders signed the agreement during a one-day workshop on policy and decision-making for high-level individuals and the public presentation of the National…

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FAO backs Lebanon in augmenting food safety

LEBANON – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has backed the Ministry of Agriculture in buttressing its food safety role in the country. Food safety in Lebanon represents a major concern for both policymakers and consumers. Studies by several research institutes and governmental organizations have reported high levels of contamination in various items. To enhance circumstances…

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FAO publishes guidance to assist in adoption of e-notification systems for food imports

GLOBAL – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published a guidance that will help countries  adopt e-notification systems to bolster food safety in light of increasingly complex and globalized food chains. The “Technical Guidance for the Implementation of E-Notification Systems for Food Control” (the “Technical Guidance”), outlines the legal basis, the structure and operational parameters, and the infrastructure and…

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FAO Nigeria rolls out sensitization workshops on Codex standards

NIGERIA – The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Nigeria has rolled out regional awareness and sensitization workshops on the importance of Codex Alimentarius standards and codes of practice for food safety. Mr. David Tsokar, Communications Specialist for FAO, said the aim of the sensitization was to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the international food…

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FAO/WHO report ranks low moisture foods in terms of microbial risk

U.S – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization’s (WHO)  report and systematic review on “Ranking of Low-Moisture Foods in Support of Microbiological Risk Management”, has cited Salmonella as the most common microbial hazard, in low moisture foods. Salmonella has been linked to several large foodborne illness outbreaks associated with dried herbs…

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Food and Agriculture Organisation sensitizes Nigerians on Codex standards

NIGERIA – The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has teamed up with the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the National Codex Committee (NCC) under the Federal Ministry of Health, to organize a two-day “Awareness Creation Workshop on Codex Alimentarius Standards and Codes of Practice”. The workshop under the theme: “Safer Food, Better Health”, with the slogan, “Food Safety is…

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