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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Mitchell Cotts Group installs vacuum cooling service at cargo terminal in Nairobi

KENYA – In collaboration with Perishable Movements Kenya Limited (PMKL) and Fresh Handling Kenya Limited, a Kenyan logistics business by the name of Mitchell Cotts Group has launched the country’s first vacuum cooling service at a facility on the landside of an air cargo port in JKIA, Nairobi. The already installed machinery is anticipated to help Kenya’s exporters of fresh…

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Thailand’s CP Foods to integrate blockchain traceability technology in all product lines

THAILAND – Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CP Foods) is planning to further leverage blockchain technology for all its products, following a successful integration with its fresh chicken and pork products. CP Foods announced its in-house CPF Digital Traceability system in 2015 and has also been actively integrating the use of blockchain technology for several product categories over…

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Egerton University creates high-yielding, climate-smart crop varieties

KENYA – In partnership with corporate and public sector players, Egerton University has created high-yielding, disease- and drought-resistant crop varieties while also stepping up efforts to train farmers to adopt cutting-edge techniques as a means of adapting to climate change. Prof. Paul Kimurto, Director of the Agro-Science Park at Egerton University, said that as a result of climate change, pests…

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Study shows potential of AI-powered rapid foodborne pathogen detection method

U.S – Researchers from the University of California Davis have conducted a study that suggests artificial intelligence (AI) combined with optical vision may be a potential method for identifying infections in food. The “You Only Look Once version 4″ (YOLOv4)” algorithm was evaluated in the study to see how well it could identify and categorize Escherichia coli (E.coli). The software-enabled…

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Kenya leads Africa in automating phytosanitary certification

KENYA – Thanks to a platform created in conjunction with the Netherlands Food and Consumer Safety Authority (NVWA) that has automated phytosanitary certification, the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) anticipates an increase in the volume of horticultural exports from Kenya. Prof. Theophilus Mutui, the Managing Director of KEPHIS, claimed that the ePhyto platform will assist in reducing instances of…

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Researchers working to improve Cyclospora detection, control techniques

U.S – The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) is now funding two research projects aimed at advancing Cyclospora cayetanensis detection and management techniques. C. cayetanensis is a sophisticated protozoan parasite that is very difficult to culture in a lab setting and requires intricate microscopy to find in samples. The goal of the first research, which is being overseen by Lia…

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Specialists ponder on leveraging technology to enable early detection of food safety threats

U.S – The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Wageningen University have recently co-hosted a workshop on early warning tools and systems that can be used to handle impending and developing food safety risks. Food safety experts, researchers, and academics from 31 nations attended the webinar, which was held on December 16, 2022. A draft technical paper outlining…

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University of Dubai students develop sensors to monitor food safety in communal refrigerators

UAE – Two students at the University of Dubai (UoD) have developed an award-winning prototype that uses automatic sensors to assist monitor the safety and freshness of food donated to communal refrigerators. The prototype named “Generous DXB Smart Refrigerator” serves as an illustration of how all facets of society may assist the UAE’s Ne’ma National Food Loss and Waste Initiative,…

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Feed the Future names finalists for 2022 EatSafe Innovation Challenge

NIGERIA – Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, has hailed Oyeyemi Fadairo and Tijjani Ali Lawal as the two finalists for the 2022 EatSafe Innovation Challenge. The EatSafe Innovation Challenge is a worldwide competition that aims to increase food safety in conventional markets and supply chains. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), unsafe…

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