Salmonella outbreak linked to BrightFarms’ salad greens, Green Dining Table Inc. recalls frozen pork dumplings

U.S – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in collaboration with Center for Diseases and Prevention Control (CDC), state and local partners, is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections concomitant to the consumption of BrightFarms’- an indoor farming company that specializes in providing locally grown packaged salads – Sunny Crunch packaged salad greens manufactured in the firm’s Rochelle, IL facility. Interview data and shopper card records indicate that six people ate or bought manifold types of BrightFarms brand salad products before they got sick. FDA’s traceback investigation identified…

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Health Canada amends nutrition, list of ingredients, food color requirements in pre-packaged food products

CANADA – Health Canada, a department of the Government of Canada responsible for national health policy and also Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), has revised the nutrition labeling, list of ingredients, and food color requirements of the Food and Drug Regulations in Canada Gazette Part II on Dec. 14, 2016 with the changes to be implemented on a 5-year schedule. There are new requirements regarding the legibility of ingredient lists and food color declaration, grouping of sugars in the list of ingredients, various changes to information contained in the Nutrition…

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FSSAI orders name change for Multi Sourced Edible Vegetable Oil

INDIA – India’s food statutory body, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a directive for amendment in the nomenclature of ‘Blended Edible Oil’ which was recently renamed as ‘Multi Sourced Edible Vegetable Oil’. According to the direction, the ‘Multi Sourced Edible Vegetable Oil’, a term which came into effect on June 8, 2021, after the FSSAI had earlier notified the same in the official gazette, will now be referred to as ‘Multi Sourced Edible Oil’.  The term ‘vegetable’ was removed after the apex food regulator got…

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USDA to conduct review of product of USA meat label

U.S – The United States Department of Agriculture(USDA) is set to initiate a top-to-bottom review of the “product of USA”(POTUSA) meat label to enable a comprehensive, effective and lasting rule-making on the topic, following the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) vote to strengthen its enforcement of the “Made in USA standard.” The USDA has implied that they together with FTC had received several comments on this issue, and comprehend that the current “Product of USA” label on meat products, may no longer effectively serve either of those purposes, to the detriment…

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FSSAI new menu labelling laws targets food restaurants

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has stretched its labelling regime to restaurant chains operating in multiple states, obligating them to furnish consumers with information about food items displayed on their menus, like the calorific value, allergen details, nutritional information and health warnings. The provision encompassing restaurant chains has been incorporated into the newly enacted 2020 Food Safety and Standards labelling and display regulations. FSSAI’s move is expected to give a hard time to most of the restaurant chains as the new requirement is not…

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Ghana’s Shoprite supermarket meat section shut down over false labelling, Egypt continues food outlets crackdown

GHANA – Shoprite Supermarket at the Accra mall in Ghana has been fined by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) , for false labelling of imported frozen chicken as locally produced fresh chicken and selling it to consumers, which is against the public health act.  The FDA had earlier received reports of the ill practice and closed the meat section of the supermarket after rigorous inspections which affirmed the claims. According to the FDA, the practice by Shoprite apart from being fraudulent also has detrimental health implications. The Deputy Chief…

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Kenya’s top maize flour brand Soko on spot over misleading labelling

KENYA – Capwell industries has been fined ksh600,000 ($5565.86) for misrepresenting the quality and ingredients of the brand to consumers by the competition Authority of Kenya (CAK). This was after an investigation was carried out in their major retail stores on fortification and labelling claims millers made in the financial year ended June 2020. CAK is a Kenyan authority which is increasingly vigilant in its enforcement of the Kenyan competition laws and control of restrictive trade practices with a view to ensure consumer protection in the most effective manner. The…

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NCBA petitions for new labelling scheme for beef products

USA -The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has petitioned USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for a new labeling scheme for beef products. The NCBA is the oldest and largest national trade association representing U.S. cattle producers, with more than 25,000 direct members and more than 250,000 producers represented through its 46 state affiliate associations. This is the second petition received by FSIS this year and it has been assigned to the FSIS Office of Policy and Program Development awaiting judgement. FSIS labeling standards are broadly permissive, allowing imported…

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