FDA traceback shows hygiene issues at Big Olaf Creamery

U.S – According to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) probe, employees at Big Olaf Creamery, the Florida-based creamery responsible for a multistate Listeria outbreak last year, had no place to wash their hands before going into the production room. The outbreak which affected 11 states, left at least one person dead and 27 others hospitalized. “It was observed that there was…

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Consumer Brands Association urges FDA to make bold reforms that incorporate full unification of its Human and Animal Foods Program

U.S – The Consumer Brands Association (CBA), a United States-wide trade association for manufacturers of consumer packaged goods, has reiterated the need for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make bold reforms that incorporate full unification of the Human and Animal Foods Program under an expert leader. This follows the agency’s announcement regarding recommendations in the Reagan-Udall Foundation report…

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USAID launches Safe Fish Certification and Licensing Scheme in Ghana

GHANA – Under the slogan “Safe Fish, Better Health,” the U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has introduced the Safe Fish Certification and Licensing Scheme (SFCLS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development in Ghana. As part of the program, fish processors will adopt a code of conduct to adhere to safety and…

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Artisanal Palm Oil Millers and Outgrowers Association launches app to curb palm oil adulteration

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) in cooperation with the Artisanal Palm Oil Millers and Outgrowers Association, has launched the Artisanal Palm Oil app in Accra to ensure that only authentic and healthy palm oil are sold in the Ghanaian market. The event organized by the Artisanal Palm Oil Millers and Outgrowers Association was under the theme, ‘Introducing…

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FDA to restructure Human Foods Program to establish proactive approach in tackling crisis 

U.S – To better assist the organization as a whole, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unveiled a new, transformative vision for the Human Foods Program and the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA). The concept calls for the establishment of a consolidated Human Foods Program with a single Director reporting directly to the FDA Commissioner, eliminating duplications, and…

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FDA Ghana suspends food establishment linked to five fatalities, 40 hospitalizations

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Ghana has suspended the Yellow Sisi Waakye joint linked to a foodborne outbreak that has left over 40 people hospitalized at Oyibi and five dead. The FDA said in line with the Food Safety Emergency Response Plan, a joint investigation with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) commenced immediately after the incident came…

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Frank Yiannas bows out from his role as FDA’s Deputy Commissioner, Food Policy and Response

U.S – Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner, Food Policy and Response, FDA has submitted his resignation from the agency citing his concern that the decentralized structure of the foods program significantly impaired the FDA’s ability to operate as an integrated food team and protect the public. Yiannas took the mantle as the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Food Response and Policy in…

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FDA publishes draft rules in bid to reduce dietary exposure of infants to lead

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has produced draft recommendations for the industry on “action levels” for lead in processed foods that are meant for newborns and children under two years old, In order to minimize potential health impacts on this vulnerable population from dietary exposure to lead. The FDA asserts that the suggested “action levels” would ensure…

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FDA tasks pre-packaged food vendors to be cautious not to jeopardize safety

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has urged pre-packed food sellers to exercise extreme caution to prevent the distribution of expired goods to consumers. Mrs. Joycelyn Adeline Egyakwa-Amusah, the FDA’s Head of the Food Safety Management Department noted that food safety is a shared responsibility and the consumer has a role to play.  “That is why all the…

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FDA releases final guidance for Foreign Supplier Verification Programs

U.S – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its final guidance for the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals to make importers accountable for verifying that foreign suppliers are producing food in a manner that meets U.S. safety standards. FSVP, which is part of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA),…

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