Best Sanitizers Inc’s Alpet D2 Quat-Free Surface Sanitizer gets OMRI listed

U.S – Best Sanitizers, Inc., a premier manufacturer of innovative alcohol-based hand and surface sanitizers, has announced that Alpet D2 Quat-Free Surface Sanitizer is now OMRI listed. Founded in 1997, the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) provides organic certifiers, growers, manufacturers, and suppliers an independent review of the products intended for use in a certified organic facility. OMRI Listed Products are allowed for use in certified organic facilities under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program. Organic food processors and food handlers in need of a surface…

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UK to assent use of gene editing in agriculture following exit from EU

UK – The United Kingdom (UK) government is set to  greenlight the use of gene editing in agriculture which could see altered produce on the supermarket shelves in five years’ time. The move will mark the biggest divergence by the UK away from existing European laws since leaving the European Union (EU), which has banned the technique for years amid fears it is unsafe. Gene editing involves the technique of replacing genes that govern certain traits, such as water dependency, disease resistance and nutrition with better-functioning ones from the same…

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Experts underscore need for collaborations to improve food safety, intra-African trade

AFRICA – The 2021 Shaping a World of Trust virtual business conversation, hosted by Bureau Veritas Africa, has emphasized the need for collaboration between government, companies and customers if Africa is to meet sustainability goals, ensure food safety,  and improve intra-African trade. The Executive Food Safety Initiative (FSI) at the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA), Matlou Stati, highlighted that collaboration across a wide range of public and private sector stakeholders, including those representing consumers, was a key element of the functioning of the FSI. The FSI collaborates closely…

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Namibia draft law to prohibit alcoholic beverages advertisement

NAMIBIA – The government of Namibia is drafting a law that could potentially make the advertisement, promotion, and sponsorship of alcoholic beverages in Namibia illegal. The draft bill, seen by The Namibian and titled ‘The Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use’, aims to curb the negative impacts of certain substances, among other things. The proposed law will therefore ban the advertisement and promotion of highly addictive and illegal narcotic drugs that affect mental performance, and cause changes in mood, awareness, thoughts, feelings, or behavior. By implication, this will include commercially…

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FDA introduces new Office of Digital Transformation to back its public health mission

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the reorganization of the agency’s information technology (IT), data management and cybersecurity functions into the new Office of Digital Transformation (ODT), to better assure the safety of the nation’s food. The office has been realigned to report directly to the FDA commissioner, buoying up the office and its functions to agency-level. This reorganization will advance the agency’s information technology transformation with improved data and IT competencies that improve agency operations to support the public health mission. The restructuring is…

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National Farmers Union urges UK government to back British products

U.K – The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on the government to introduce more precise labeling on country of origin and “Buy British” filters for online grocery shopping so as to support the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) farming industry. This is in a report where it urges the government to complete a comprehensive report on UK food security later this year – the first for more than a decade. The union also sets out how it believes the UK can reduce its reliance on imported food by harnessing the opportunities…

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South Africa’s food inspectors hunt down misleading food labelling culprits

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s  Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (agriculture department) has directed food inspectors and those of designated assignees to follow up on misleading or incorrect food labelling in terms of the Agricultural Product Standards Act (APS Act) of 1990. The notice overturns a previous instruction, that had inspectors ignore such labelling, emanating from a 2020 meeting between the Directorate of Food Safety and Quality Assurance of the department and the head of the trademarks division at the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC).…

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NAFDAC urges export traders to ensure registration of products

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has at a one-day South-East Stakeholders’ Sensitization on Registration and Guidelines for Export Trade held in Enugu, counselled export stakeholders to endeavor to seek proper registration of their products to prevent their rejection. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, represented by the Director, South-East Zonal Office of the agency, Mrs. Olajumoke Ojetokun, said that NAFDAC offices are open for free counselling and guidance to help exporters get it right. She admonished exporters to make use of…

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Nigeria risks surge in substandard products as AfCFTA implementation commences

NIGERIA – Nigeria may be at risk of becoming a hub for substandard products especially with the commencement of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), which has opened more doors for goods within Africa to come into the country. For years, one of the major regulators of standards in the country, the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has been ejected from Nigerian seaports. The Federal government in 2012 banned SON from carrying out the inspection of products that come into the country at the ports, giving reasons that the…

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FSSAI issues draft document on vegan foods regulations

INDIA – India’s regulatory watchdog, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued draft Food Safety and Standards (Vegan Foods) Regulations, 2021, outlining vegan foods and stating compliance requirements in regards to labeling, packaging and a logo exclusively meant for vegan food products. FSSAI’s draft regulations define ‘Vegan Food’ as “ those foods or food ingredients that have not made use of any ingredients, additives and processing aids of animal origin including milk and milk products, fish, poultry and meat, egg or egg products, honey or honey…

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