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 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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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 Ghana seizes imported rice from India suspected to be contaminated with lead

GHANA – In cooperation with the Custom Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), the Ghana Standard Authority, and the Volta Regional Office of the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) have seized rice imported from India suspected to be contaminated with lead. In a media briefing, Mr. Gordon Akurugu, the Volta Regional Head of the FDA, stated that 22 bags…

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Ghana acknowledges significance of biotech crops in attaining food security

GHANA – In its report on the status of agricultural biotechnology in Ghana, the USDA FAS Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) has stated that the country recognizes the potential of biotechnology as a critical innovation in the quest for national food and nutrition security. The new administration of Ghana launched an initiative titled “Planting for Food and Jobs” to focus…

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Ghana’s Biotechnology and Nuclear Agricultural Research Institute ready to tackle banana disease

GHANA – The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission’s (GAEC) Biotechnology Nuclear Agricultural Research Institute (BNARI) claims that it is prepared to fight the Banana Bunchy Top Disease (BBTD) should it ever reach the nation. One of the most severe banana diseases, BBTD, also affects plantains and is brought on by the Banana Bunchy Top Virus. It causes havoc worldwide and causes…

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FDA Ghana assures consumers of safety of imported chicken, other meat products

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) Ghana has assured the general public that imported chicken and other meat items that have been cleared from the ports by the FDA are safe for consumption. Before entering the Ghanaian market, the items, according to the FDA, underwent processes and procedures that were internationally approved to ensure their safety. A statement…

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Ghana kicks off pilot phase of UK-funded standard cooperation program

GHANA – The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) and the British Standard Institute (BSI) have initiated the pilot phase of a standard cooperation program to increase trade opportunities between the two nations. The project, which is now being piloted in Ghana and Rwanda, will emphasize bolstering the country’s quality organizations and systems infrastructure in accordance with best practices that are internationally…

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TraceX partners with Ghanaian Agritech consulting firm Univision to offer traceability in the agri supply chain

GHANA – In order to provide end-to-end traceability in the agriculture supply chain, TraceX Technologies, a blockchain-powered traceability technology that improves food and supply chain transparency, has forayed into Africa through a partnership with Ghana-based Univision. TraceX and Univision’s collaboration will enable the unification of the whole agricultural sector into a single platform. All participants in the agri supply chain,…

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