FDA proposes amendment to requirements for using ‘healthy’ labels on food packaging

U.S – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended an amendment to the requirements for using ‘healthy’ labels on food packaging, so as to be consistent with present nutrition science, the Nutrition Facts label and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The proposed rule intends to more accurately take into account how nutrients from different food groups interact and…

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FDA launches two strategies for combating foodborne outbreaks in mushrooms, onions

U.S – As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) New Era of Smarter Food Safety’s Foodborne Outbreak Response Improvement Plan, the regulator has launched two new food safety prevention techniques to stop outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. The strategies aim to prevent outbreaks of foodborne listeriosis and salmonellosis linked to imported enoki and wood ear mushrooms as well…

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FDA publishes current initiatives to improve safety of imported food

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published an overview of its current initiatives to improve the safety of imported food in a paper titled “Activities to Enhance the Safety of Imported Produce”. The document comes after the FDA’s 2019 document, “Strategy for the Safety of Imported Food (Import Strategy),” which outlines the organization’s strategy to improve…

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Compliance with FDA Food Code key to mitigating norovirus in restaurants

U.S – A study on mitigating the risk of contracting norovirus from the consumption of foods prepared in food service establishments has revealed that full compliance with FDA Food Code recommendations for hand hygiene and the exclusion of ill food employees from the workplace have the largest impact. The study, conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration used an…

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FDA continues to improve safety of leafy greens in U.S

U.S – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a targeted sampling of leafy greens produced on farms and ranches in the Salinas Valley region of California during the autumn 2022 harvest season. The FDA intends to gather roughly 240 lettuce samples from farms/ranches where recent traceback investigations revealed as being possibly connected to an outbreak of a foodborne…

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Mexico reports  tangible progress in food safety

MEXICO – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and its regulatory counterparts in Mexico have reported progress in food safety during the second annual Food Safety Partnership (FSP) Meeting. Mexico is a primary supplier of fresh fruits and vegetables to the U.S. FDA data shows that about one-third of all agency-regulated human food imported into the U.S. is from Mexico,…

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FDA Ghana calls on water producers to ensure full line quality control measures

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), has entreated producers of packaged drinking water to consider full line quality control measures in ensuring their products are free of microbial contaminants. This comes after recent reports that declared most potable water brands on the market contaminated with faecal coliform. The FDA said the risk of microbial contamination remains high in…

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FDA issues latest edition of Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published the 2022 edition of the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (“Retail Program Standards”) to feature the key elements of an effective retail food regulatory program for state, local, tribal, and territorial regulatory agencies. The Retail Program Standards (VNRFRPS) provide recommendations for designing and managing retail food regulatory…

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FDA commences third phase of Artificial Intelligence Imported Seafood Pilot Program

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has commenced the third phase of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Imported Seafood Pilot program, which leverages AI and machine learning (ML) to reinforce import screening and to ensure that foods entering the U.S are safe. The FDA has in the recent past battled with food safety concerns for various imported seafood…

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Ghana’s FDA brushes up enforcement activities country-wide to safeguard public health

GHANA – Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has introduced an all-inclusive capacity strengthening programme, which is underway in Accra, and will also be held in Kumasi, to brush up its enforcement activities across the country. The programme forms part of efforts to safeguard public health and safety, amid global increased criminal activities. Intended to cover all staff of FDA…

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