Canada’s Northern Analytical Lab Services attains ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation

CANADA – The Northern Analytical Lab Services (NALS) at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) has achieved a major milestone, as it has now met international standards for testing labs. NALS has received accreditation from the Standards Council Canada to the International Organization for Standards, ISO/IEC 17025, for testing and calibration laboratories. This accreditation signifies the lab can produce and provide reliable water, soil and air test results for both UNBC researchers and external stakeholders. “This accreditation will open up a lot of doors for us for research partnerships…

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FDA institutes two new facilities to reinforce its regulatory function

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Ghana, has established the Centre for Laboratory Services and Research and the Centre for Import and Export Control as part of reinforcing its regulatory function to deliver improved services to support a strong implementation of the African Continental Free Trade (AfCFTA) regime. The two new facilities are also expected to monitor and control imports of unregistered products into the country. According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Delese Mimi Darko, the centres have been accredited and certified by the International Organization for…

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SON furnishes Bauchi laboratory with testing equipment

NIGERIA – Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), has installed products quality testing equipment at the Bauchi Zonal Laboratory complex to boost the testing capacity of products in the North. The Director of Laboratory Services, Dr Barth Okoko, during the installation of the equipment, demonstration and training of staff in Bauchi, remarked that the installation of the equipment was the first of its kind in the North since inception, and most of the agricultural products were from the North. He said the equipment would be used for testing of products to…

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Bia Analytical expands range of authenticity tests to encompass white pepper

UK – Bia Analytical, a leading UK food authentication testing lab, will now test for adulteration within white pepper alongside the other nine herbs it currently analyses, after several prominent cases of food fraud including sage and oregano. White Pepper, in like manner to Black Pepper, is made from the berries of the pepper plant, originating in India and cultivated in many other tropical regions. Although derived from the same plant, White Pepper comes from berries that are picked at full ripeness then soaked in water leading to fermentation. The…

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World Food Programme funds food safety mini-laboratories construction in Kenya’s Marsabit county

KENYA – The World Food Programme (WFP), a major partner of Kenya in the effort towards food sufficiency for the past 30 years, has funded the setting up of seven Food Safety and Quality (FSQ) mini laboratories across Marsabit county at a cost of Sh7 million (US$ 63,996.26)  to enhance its risk analysis framework to ensure that food is produced and stored in a safe environment in the county. In Marsabit County and the entire Northern region of the country which reels under frequent drought spells and famine, aflatoxin contamination…

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IAEA/FAO joint efforts help Sri Lanka Food Safety & Quality Assurance Lab maintain food safety

SRI LANKA – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an autonomous international organization that seeks to promote peaceful use of nuclear energy, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO),  have been assisting the Food Safety and Quality Assurance Laboratory (FSQAL) in Sri lanka  to develop its testing capability hence protecting consumers from contaminated products such as coconut oil. The two agencies have been supporting laboratories to ensure competence in staff and technological capacity to meet international standards and attain accreditation. Sri Lanka has had…

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National Research Fund, Egerton University launch safe food laboratory

KENYA – The National Research Fund (NRF) in partnership with Egerton University has launched a Safe Food Laboratory (SAF-LAB) worth 39 million Kenyan shillings(USD $ 361278.37) to bolster production of quality food and economic development. As a government mandated research and science development agency, the NRF funds research, the development of high-end human capacity and critical research infrastructure to promote knowledge production. The SAF LAB will serve as a food safety reference laboratory equipped with modern research facilities aimed at benefiting researchers countrywide.  It will boost the horticultural industry in…

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