Kwame Nkrumah University researchers discover labelling malpractices in Ghana-made ginger powder

GHANA – A study by scientists at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has unearthed the labelling malpractices in most Ghana-made ginger powder. Ginger is indispensable in our homes, especially in cuisine. Its usage increased during the height of the covid-19 pandemic as many perceived it to possess anti-Covid-19 activity, especially in reducing lung inflammation. This study, published…

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FDA issues draft guidance on accredited third-party certification program

U.S – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a draft guidance for industry entitled “The Accredited Third-Party Certification Program: Questions and Answers: Guidance for Industry”. The draft guidance, when finalized, will provide answers to frequently asked questions relating to the requirements of the Accredited Third-Party Certification Program. It is intended to assist accreditation bodies’, third-party certification bodies’ and…

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FDA issues draft action levels for lead in juices

U.S – The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has taken steps to limit lead in juices to further reduce exposure to toxic elements in foods. The agency recently issued draft action levels for lead in single-strength, ready-to-drink apple juice, and other juices and juice blends. This action is intended to reduce the potential for negative health effects from dietary exposure…

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FDA Ghana, Ghana Shippers Authority organizes sensitization forum for importers

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) in collaboration with the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) has organized a day’s sensitization and evaluation forum for importers and clearing agents on the implementation of the import permit application. The forum was on the topic: “The role of FDA-Addressing import permit Application Challenges to Facilitate Trade.” Madam Akua Amartey, Deputy Chief Executive…

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FDA issues draft guidance on evaluating public health importance of other food allergens

U.S – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a draft guidance for FDA staff and other stakeholders titled “Evaluating the Public Health Importance of Food Allergens Other Than the Major Food Allergens Listed in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.” The draft guidance, when finalized, will outline FDA’s current thinking on the approach it generally intends to…

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Rwandan authorities seize counterfeit products in country

RWANDA – Rwandan authorities have seized counterfeit, substandard and expired products worth over USD 39,131.47 from shops in different parts of the country. The two-day operation code named OPSON XI, was conducted by the Rwanda National Police (RNP), Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (RFDA), Rwanda Inspection and Customer Protection Authority (RICA), Rwanda Association of Manufacturers (RAM),…

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FDA to research on symbols to be used in conveying “healthy” nutrient content claim

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a 30-day procedural notice on the preliminary quantitative consumer research it plans to conduct on voluntary symbols that could be used in the future to convey the nutrient content claim “healthy.” This notice summarizes and responds to the comments the FDA received on a 60-day procedural notice issued in…

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FDA launches new online tool to familiarize farmers with proposed rule on agricultural water

U.S – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a new online tool to help farmers understand the requirements of the proposed rule on carrying out agricultural water valuations. If finalized, the rule will replace the microbial criteria and testing requirements for pre-harvest agricultural water for covered produce other than sprouts. The Agricultural Water Assessment Builder v. 1.0 is…

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Malaysia probes Thailand’s report on toxic levels of nitrite in sausages

MALAYSIA – The Health Ministry’s Food Safety and Quality division of Malaysia is investigating the presence of toxic levels of nitrite, a type of preservative, in sausages manufactured in Thailand. Mohd Salim Dulatti, the Senior Director of the Food Safety and Quality division, said there were currently a total of 207 manufactured meat products, including sausages, that had been tested…

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FDA Ghana charges MSMEs to uphold high product packaging standards

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Ghana, has charged Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs), to ensure high standards in packaging their products to be competitive. Mrs. Delese Darko, the Chief Executive Officer of the FDA said packaging had been the major limitation for entrepreneurs in Ghana, adding that, if MSMEs wished to access the African Continental…

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