Global food firms commit to phase out industrial transfats by 2023

SWITZERLAND – Global food and beverage companies and members of the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) have pledged to phase out industrially produced trans-fat from the global food supply by 2023. The twelve food and beverage giants have agreed to adopt enhanced worldwide commitment to phase out industrially produced trans fats (iTFAs) from their…

EU fines AB InBev US$224m over higher beer prices in Belgium

EU – The European Union has fined AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer US$224 million (€200.4 million) for breaching EU antitrust rules by restricting cross-border beer sales. The maker of Budweiser and Corona has been indicted for abusing its dominance in the Belgian beer market by hindering cheaper imports of its Jupiler beer from the…

FSA backs mandatory full ingredient labeling for pre-packed direct sale food

UK – The Food Standards Agency of the United Kingdom has recommended that increased allergen information should be provided on pre-packed direct sale food to give consumers greater confidence in the food they eat. According to FSA, more extensive food labelling will help protect specially consumers who are conscious of what they eat. This is…

FDA issues guidance on food contact substances in preparation of baby milk

USA – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued guidance on preparation of Food Contact Notifications (FCNs) for food contact substances that will come into contact with infant formula and/or human (breast) milk. The guidance includes evaluation of the safety of all packaging materials used in infant formula packaging, such as baby bottles,…

NEPC calls for adoption of global certification by food exports to enhance market access

NIGERIA - The Nigerian Exports Promotion Council (NEPC) has called upon food exporters in the country to adopt global certifications in a bid to strengthen market access of their products at the global market. Mr Segun Awolowo, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, NEPC highlighted that exportable food products needed to strive to acquire additional…

Tyson recalls chicken strip products on possible foreign matter contamination

USA – Tyson Foods is voluntarily recalling 11,829,517 (about 12 million pounds) pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products due to possible contamination with foreign matter, specifically pieces of metal. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announcement, frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip items were produced on various dates from…

FDA proposes modern approach to ‘a new era of smarter food safety’

USA – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced new modern approach to food safety with a goal to augment its efforts implementing important Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements. The “New Era of Smarter Food Safety” approach encompasses the use of new and emerging technologies to create a more digital, traceable and…

ISO president Eddy Njoroge to set up office in Kenya, commits to enhance engagements

KENYA - The president elect of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), Eddy Njoroge, has unveiled that he will set up office in Nairobi, Kenya. Mr Eddy Njoroge, who was elected as president ISO in September last year as the first African to head the position, will serve for two years between January 2020 and…

FSSAI partners with US biotech firm to improve food testing capabilities

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Association of India (FSSAI) has partnered a United States biotechnology firm, Thermo Fischer Scientific, in a move that seeks to improve food quality and safety by enhancing food testing capabilities in India. The partnership will facilitate establishment of a state-of-the-art food testing center in Ghaziabad. Thermo Fischer is…

FDA report calls for preventive strategies against bacteria in ice cream production

USA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a new report highlighting the need for strategic preventive measures against bacteria contamination in commercial ice cream production. The report follows FDA’s inspection and environmental sampling of ice cream production facilities for Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella carried out in 2016 and 2017. FDA says the…