FSSAI outlines new regulations that prohibits use of ‘natural’ on some food labels

INDIA – The Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has laid down new regulations that requires food companies to use the word ‘natural’ only if the food labelled is natural. According to ET Retail report, manufacturers cannot claim a food to be natural if rather than washing, peeling, trimming and chilling, is subjected to…

USDA and FDA to jointly regulate animal cell-cultured food products

USA - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have reached a consensus that both the agencies should jointly oversee the regulation of cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry. The joint regulatory framework will see FDA oversees cell collection, cell banks, and cell growth and differentiation. A…

Poor personal hygiene, cross contamination among foodborne illness risk factors in fast food restaurants, FDA report

USA – The Food and Drug Administration has released findings from the first phase of a 10-year study indicating that among the foodborne illness risk factors that needed improvement were poor personal hygiene, improper food holding/time and temperature and cross-contamination with the equipment. According to FDA, more than half of all food poisoning outbreaks in…

Tanzania government decides to buy cashew nuts stock as dealers cry foul

TANZANIA - Tanzanian President John Magufuli has officially announced that the government would buy all cashew nuts from farmers at about US$1.44 (3,300 Tanzanian shillings) a kilogram. This was after private buyers were reluctant to buy the crop due to disagreement in purchase prices. To support implementation of the directive, President Magufuli directed the Tanzania…

Plant Based Foods Association launches new plant-based certification label

USA – The US based The Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) has unveiled a new initiative, Certified Plant Based that focuses on plant-based alternatives to animal-based foods. The programme which it claims to be the first and only plant-based food certification specifies the criteria required to make a certified plant-based food claim and has NSF…

SON unveils new standards and Codes of Practice for planting bean seeds

NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has released new Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS), and Codes of Practice for planting beans seed across the country, reports the Guardian. The standards come to address issues like preservation of the food crop from planting to the table while ensuring that the commodity is safe for consumption.…

Standards and tax bodies release Coca-Cola’s US$4.8m imports after stand-off

KENYA – Coca-Cola has received clearance from both the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBs), allowing the entry of its imported raw materials into the country. A Business Daily report indicates that the company’s US$4.87 million worth of imports were detained at the Mombasa port five months ago over a dispute…

Tiger Brands and Stellenbosch University launch South Africa’s first food safety centre

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s packaged goods company, Tiger Brands in partnership with Stellenbosch University has launched the first Centre for Food Safety in the country. Formation of the centre comes in the aftermath of a deadly listeria outbreak in the country said to have originated from Tiger Brands’ Polokwane processed meat factory. According to Tiger…

ILRI calls for food safety improvement in low and middle-income countries

KENYA – The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a Kenya based international agricultural research institute has called for the need of increased public investment and other policy attention on food safety in developing countries. Even though food safety is recognised as a major public health concern worldwide, developing countries are way behind in understanding or…

Salt producers form association to address iodine deficiency

ETHIOPIA – Iodized-salt producing companies in Ethiopia have established a new association in bid to help combat iodine deficiency in the country. According to AddisFortune, the association was formed by the Ethiopian Food, Beverage, & Pharmaceutical Industry Development Institute. The Ethiopian Iodized Salt Producers Association, made of close to 15 salt producers plans to introduce…