Dibaq Group awarded Best Aquaculture Practices certification

SPAIN – Spain-based Dibaq Group, one of the principal national and international manufacturers of pet food and aquaculture, has been awarded Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification for one of its feed mills, becoming the first company in continental Europe to win certification for a feed mill. The Global Seafood Alliance, which operates the BAP program, said the certification is evidence it is making inroads in continental Europe. BAP is the only seafood-specific certification program that is capable of certifying every step in the production chain. The process starts with hatcheries…

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Spain amends regulations on olive oil quality, standards

SPAIN – The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries has approved a new set of laws and regulations governing olive oil quality standards for the first time in almost 40 years. The update to the 1983 royal decree includes a series of requirements for traceability, preparation and packaging of the final product. The ministry said that its goal is to add value to the country’s extra virgin olive oil production and increase consumer awareness about the organoleptic and healthy qualities of the product. To that end, the ministry has restricted…

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Mars, Nestle recall several ice cream batches thanks to Ethylene Oxide contamination

SPAIN – Nestlé, the world’s largest food and drink company, and Mars, a family owned multinational food manufacturer, have recalled ice cream products after an ethylene oxide (ETO) contamination scare. According to a list drawn up by FACUA, the Andalucian consumer watchdog for market abuses, in the scare involving different ice creams possibly being contaminated by the presence of traces of ethylene oxide, there could be as many as 46 varieties of products made by Froneri, a Nestlé ice cream maker. The company’s brands in Spain include Milka, Toblerone, Nuii,…

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FAO, Spain vow to tighten ties in bid to heighten food security

ITALY – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Kingdom of Spain have released the first edition of their partnership report entitled, ” FAO + Spain: Working for global food security and nutrition to mark their long-standing co-operation” in a virtual event. FAO’s director general was joined by Spain’s Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas Puchades, and Spain’s Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Ángeles Moreno Bau. They acknowledged their joint efforts to fight global hunger and malnutrition in the past decade and…

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