Kenya Dairy Board embarks on efforts to review dairy policy and regulations to promote sustainability

KENYA – The Kenya Dairy Board (KDB), the dairy industry regulator body in Kenya, has embarked on a process to review the Dairy policy and regulations in a bid to promote sustainability in the dairy sector. KDB said it has engaged various stakeholders in the dairy sector including experts drawn from Government, Private Sector, Development…

FDA proposes new funding across multiple US food safety systems

USA – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed new funding across multiple aspects of US food safety system which is meant to solidify the agency’s capabilities in food safety management. Additional funding aims to support innovations in technology and the new requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act…

PureCircle’s Reb M stevia sweetener receives regulatory approval in Singapore

ASIA – The world’s leading producer of stevia sweeteners, PureCircle has announced that it has received approval for expanded use and applications of its next generation stevia leaf sweetener, Reb M in Singapore. The approval allows PureCircle to market the stevia leaf ingredient to food and beverage companies in Singapore for production of zero- and…

FDA advances implementation of agric water requirements for produce safety

USA – The Food and Drug Administration of the United States has announced that it is advancing new tools and science for implementing agricultural water requirements for produce safety. The agency has said the additional initiatives are meant to ensure the feasibility of federal requirements and incorporate lessons learned from recent outbreaks related to Romaine…

Tanzania launches US$34.11m project to combat aflatoxin and address food safety

TANZANIA – Tanzania has launched a new project through an investment worth US$34.11 million (TShs80 billion) that seeks to control Aflatoxin, reports Daily News. Speaking during the launch of the project dubbed as ‘Tanzania Initiative for Preventing Aflatoxin Contamination’ (TANIPAC), Agriculture Minister, Mr Japhet Hasunga, noted that the five-year project would also address food safety…

Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire cocoa regulators halt cocoa ISO certification

GHANA – Cocoa regulators in Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire, the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and the Le Counsel du Café Cacao respectively, have objected to the subscription to International Standard Organization (ISO) 34101 certification. According to a report by the GhanaWeb, the cocoa regulators argued that the ISO 34101 Standards on Sustainable and Traceable Cocoa…

UK Government pledges to set zero tariff regime on some imports in no-deal Brexit

UK – The UK government has pledged to set the majority of import tariffs to zero while maintaining tariffs for the most sensitive industries within the food, beverage and agricultural space. If the case that UK leaves the European Union with no deal, the government has said it will cut tariffs on a range of…

African Union launches new pan-African labelling and certification system

AFRICA - The African Organization for Standardization (ARSO), an African Union (AU) unit is set to introduce a new pan-African labelling and certification system to enhance access to international and regional markets for African Producers. The Eco Mark Africa (EMA) will be the continent’s first commonly accepted standard for goods that seeks to promote the…

FDA lifts import ban on genetically engineered salmon, advocates for safe biotechnology

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has lifted an import ban on genetically engineered salmon as part of the efforts in advancing development of safe biotechnology innovations in the country. The 2016 import ban prevented genetically engineered salmon from entering the US until the agency finalizes on guidelines on how it should be…

USDA’S FSIS issues best practices guideline in response to customer complaints

USA - Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a best practices guideline to help the meat and poultry industry respond to customer complaints related to adulterated or misbranded products. The guidance reinforces the need for the industry to clearly respond to customer complaints of foreign materials…