Zambeef Products eyes new markets with new ISO 22000 Certification

ZAMBIA – Zambeef Products, Zambia’s largest integrated cold chain food products and agribusiness company, has been awarded ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System Certification for its ZamMilk, Masterpork and Zamchick plants. The ISO 22000 is an internationally recognized food safety standard that is designed to harmonize the requirements for food safety management for businesses within the food chain. The standard…

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African Organisation for Standardisation holds its 28th General Assembly celebrations in Cameroon

CAMEROON – The African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO) is hosting its 28th General Assembly meeting in Cameroon through the country’s standard watchdog, the Agence Des Normes Et De La Qualité (ANOR). The event is being held under the theme: “the Standards We Want – African Union Agenda 2063 and African Continental Free Trade Area: “The Role of Standardisation and Conformity…

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Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation receives nod to offer accreditation services

JAMAICA – Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) has received the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recognition as an accreditation body under the Accredited Third-Party Certification Program for a period of five years. This follows extensive review of their application and on-site assessment by the FDA which verified that it meets the set minimum requirements to be accredited. Accreditation bodies…

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Identity crisis for plant-based foods in South Africa as government bans use of meat-like terms

SOUTH AFRICA – The plant-based food category has showcased fast growth over the years, edging out a substantial market share for itself. However, questions have arisen as to whether the alternative products should adopt the identity of their traditional counterparts. South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) is reported to have imposed a ban on the…

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Abu Dhabi targets pest control as way of bolstering safety, quality of local produce

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) has set out plans to bolster the quality and safety of local produce to support Abu Dhabi’s food security goals. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, in his role as Chairman of ADAFSA, outlined protocols aimed at improving the efficiency of…

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USDA modifies handling regulations for kiwifruit grown in California

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released draft regulations that seek to modify the current handling regulations prescribed under the federal marketing order for kiwifruit grown in California. This action would revise the size and uniformity requirements for all varieties of Actinidia chinensis species of kiwifruit regulated under the marketing order. A corresponding change would be made…

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Nigeria’s standards watchdog to review standards for fats and oil sector to meet up with market demands

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s standards watchdog the Standards Organisation of Nigeria(SON) has hosted a Technical Committee (TC) meeting to deliberate, review and amend 11 Nigeria Industrial Standards (NIS) for fats, oils, oil seed and tree nuts, to ensure the continued relevance of standards in meeting up with market demands. In his opening remarks the DG Mallam Salim Farouk who was represented…

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Food and Agriculture Organisation sensitizes Nigerians on Codex standards

NIGERIA – The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has teamed up with the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the National Codex Committee (NCC) under the Federal Ministry of Health, to organize a two-day “Awareness Creation Workshop on Codex Alimentarius Standards and Codes of Practice”. The workshop under the theme: “Safer Food, Better Health”, with the slogan, “Food Safety is…

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Standards Organisation of Nigeria engages stakeholders on its laboratory services

NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has conducted a one-day seminar on the “The Determination of the Reliability of Colony Count Method”, to update stakeholders on the current status of the SON Laboratory Services Directorate in Lagos. The Director General of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, who was represented by the Director Laboratory Services, Dr Barth Uwgu- Okoko, echoed…

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Tanzania Bureau of Standards calls for improved standards among Geita entrepreneurs

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has at the culmination of the week-long Fahari ya Geita exhibition, urged entrepreneurs in Geita Region to produce goods that meet the set quality standards so as to easily penetrate domestic and regional markets. “We used the Fahari Geita exhibition as a platform to educate entrepreneurs in the region to certify their…

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