Ireland records ongoing adherence to permitted residues in food

IRELAND – The National Residue Control Plan (NRCP) tests conducted in 2021 by the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine (DAFM) have revealed that 99.89% of the food samples taken were compliant and contained no indications of permitted or banned pollutants. The NRCP involves testing for banned substances, approved veterinary medicines, approved animal feed additives, and environmental contaminants. Over…

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ADM expands testing capacity, opens new North American microbiology laboratory

U.S – ADM,  a leader in global nutrition, has doubled its present microbiology footprint with the opening of a new North American microbiology laboratory at the ADM specialty manufacturing site in Decatur, Illinois. According to the company, the new facility “significantly expands its testing capacity, as well as its footprint in the Decatur region.” “This new facility will drive productivity…

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West Africa Competitiveness Programme bequeaths field laboratory equipment to quality infrastructure institutions

GAMBIA – The West Africa Competitiveness Programme – The Gambia (WACOMP-GM) has handed over field laboratory equipment to quality infrastructure institutions to increase competitiveness in the country through enhanced quality compliance along the onion value chain. The project which is funded by the European Union issued the equipment to institutions such as the Food Safety and Quality Authority (FSQA), Plant…

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Bureau of Indian Standards to set up more testing labs in India

INDIA – The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is set to increase the number of testing labs in the country with an aim to speed up the sampling and testing of commodities for exports. “The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has begun country-wide mapping of testing labs. Not only BIS labs but also private labs, National Accreditation Board for Testing…

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Zimbabwe boosts antimicrobial resistance surveillance capacity

ZIMBABWE – At least 14 laboratories in Zimbabwe have been equipped to provide antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance data thanks to financing from the Fleming Fund, a UK aid programme that helps countries fight AMR. Five of these are devoted to veterinary research, seven to human health, one to food, and one to the environment. Surveillance is a vital tool to…

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UNBS commissions second food safety laboratory in Mbale City

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has opened its second food safety laboratory in Mbale City to provide Conformity Assessment and Quality Assurance of products manufactured in Eastern Uganda. This comes following the commissioning of the first laboratory in Gulu City in July 2022, to serve Northern Uganda, as part of the Bureau’s Strategic Plan to decentralize…

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Tentamus Group expands presence in Israel, acquires Microlab Laboratories

ISRAEL – Seed testing expert Microlab has joined the Tentamus group, crowning it the newest member of the global network of laboratories. Microlab reinforces Tentamus Group’s global offer of services in plant, wine, vegetable and cosmetic testing while adding additional competences in seed testing. Abgar Barseyten, CEO Tentamus Group noted that the partnership was an exceptional opportunity to strengthen their…

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USDA revises rules on accreditation of non-federal  laboratories

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA’s FSIS) has revised its rules on the accreditation of private laboratories to expand the scope of the accreditations offered by its voluntary Accredited Laboratory Program (ALP). The final rule, “Changes to Accreditation of Non-Federal Analytical Testing Laboratories”, will now  encompass testing of microbial indicator organisms, pathogen testing,…

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Uganda National Bureau of Standards opens new food safety lab in Northern Region

UGANDA – As part of its decentralization initiatives, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has opened a food safety testing laboratory for the Northern Region based in Gulu. The Minister of State for Industry, David Bahati, hailed the bureau’s initiative of decentralizing its services to the regional offices saying it will back the government’s industrialization agenda. He noted that…

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ESTEC Limited to exhibit at Africa Food Safety Summit

KENYA – ESTEC Limited, a private registered company with the aim of providing analytical solutions to testing laboratories within East Africa region, will be exhibiting at the 2022 Africa Food Safety Summit. Educational Scientific & Technical Company (ESTEC) Ltd was founded in 1990 and  has since grown to be a leading dependable partner with a diverse range of clients in…

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