Indonesia’s Halal Product Assurance Agency certifies 10 million MSMEs

INDONESIA – The Halal Product Assurance Agency, Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Produk Halal (BPJPH) in Indonesia, has issued halal certifications to 10 million micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), gaining support from the Presidential Staff Office (KSP). The halal certification program for 10 million MSMEs is targeted for those involved in sectors that have low risk in terms of the halal aspect, such as food and beverage, animal slaughter services, food stalls, restaurants, hotel kitchens, food courts in malls, and e-commerce. Deputy III of KSP Panutan Sulendrakusuma stated that the KSP…

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Isle of Man announces progress in milk regulations

Britain/Ireland – Isle of Man’s, an island in the Irish sea, Environment Minister has announced the progress made in the regulation and quality of cows’ milk, after a critical scrutiny report highlighted serious flaws in how the island’s dairy industry is regulated. The report had three initial recommendations, the first of which is the need to develop and implement a rating scheme for all producers based on the publication of the results of tests and inspections. The others are to have ’a more transparent escalation framework for quality issues and…

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Kenyan government teams up with farmers to up potato quality, meet KFC standards

KENYA – The Kenyan government has teamed up with farmers from the three largest potato-producing counties in the country, setting aside Ksh 100 million for the production of new varieties (USD 880,564) to reduce the importation of potatoes subsequent to the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) controversy. In the pilot phase, the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya revealed that the Ministry is working with farmers from Nyandarua, Meru and Marakwet who are the largest potato-producing counties to cultivate the variety of potatoes needed by the market. “This is piloting before we…

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Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute aims to boost agricultural sector through certification

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute (TOSCI) has certified at least 482 plant varieties in the period between January and November 2021 in a move aimed to heighten the agricultural sector performance in Tanzania. The certified plant varieties were based on a total of 79 crops. According to TOSCI Director General, Mr. Patrick Ngwediagi, the development is part of on-going interventions by the seed regulatory organ to ensure the indigenous farmers are adopting the use of improved seeds for better yields. The Director expressed that the state- owned…

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Seychelles launches new alcohol testing facility

SEYCHELLES – The Seychelles Bureau of Standards (SBS) has expanded its testing scope through the opening of a new testing facility that will aid in analyzing the content of alcoholic beverages to ensure it’s in line with standards and regulations. SBS is the national Quality Infrastructure Service provider in Seychelles and is designated by the Public Health Authority as the main official laboratory for the testing of alcoholic beverages. The gas chromatograph (GC) room was purchased through funding made available under the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)…

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Tanzania Bureau of Standards sensitizes business people on need to provide quality goods

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has sensitized business people and importers in Zanzibar on the need to observe quality standards of goods to get rid of counterfeits in the domestic market. The TBS Marketing Officer Rhoda Mayugu made the remarks in the just ended 8th Mapinduzi Trade Fair launched by the Second Vice-President Zanzibar, Othman Masoud Othman. Mapinduzi is a Kiswahili word for “Revolution.” The trade fair is held annually in January as part of activities marking Zanzibar’s 1964 revolution that toppled the sultanate rule. Rhoda said…

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Consumer Organizations seek to prevent new employee-based inspection system from taking effect

U.S – National food-policy and consumer organizations have filed a motion asking for a federal court to rule on a case involving the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) New Swine Inspection System (NSIS), that they claim greatly undermines the ability of federal inspectors to protect consumers from foodborne illnesses. NSIS has been part of continuous effort by Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to ensure a safe supply of wholesome American pork, according to the National Pork Producers Council. A voluntary program supported by many years of research, NSIS…

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European Commission’s audits reveal food safety gaps in Romania, Finland dairy products

ROMANIA/FINLAND – The European Commission’s health and safety agency have discovered several safety issues in milk and dairy products in Romania and Finland. This was after the release of results from two audits conducted by the commission in the two countries. The first remote audit, in December 2020 in Romania, found the official control system was comprehensive but there were some issues with lab testing and enforcement. As dairy sites are registered based on their commercial activities, most “non-professional” holdings are not subject to official controls because they are not…

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Nestlé Ghana rids shelves of defective products

GHANA – Nestlé Ghana Limited has announced the temporary removal of all IDEAL Evaporated Milk and CARNATION Tea Creamer off the shelves following the recent recall of some batches of the coagulated products, as instructed by the Food and Drug Authority (FDA), Ghana. A number of Ghanaians complained on social media after buying the two milk brands and finding out that the contents have been coagulated, that is the liquid has turned into solid. The numerous consumer complaints got to the quarters of the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) and…

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FDA Ghana reminds staff not to compromise Ghanaians lives

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Ghana, has reminded staff of the agency the need to be diligent with their work in order not to compromise the lives of the Ghanaians. Mrs. Mimi Delese Darko, Chief Executive Officer of the FDA, said their core duty as staff of the FDA was about the health and safety of Ghanaians, hence they could not afford to slip. “That is the seriousness of the work that you do. Let us remember that everything that we do is to protect public health…

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