Poultry firm boss to give evidence to inquiry on food safety at plant

UK - The multimillionaire boss of the UK’s largest supplier of supermarket chicken is to be summoned before a parliamentary inquiry after undercover filming revealed poor hygiene standards and altered food safety records. Ranjit Singh Boparan, who founded 2 Sisters Food Group, has been called to give evidence after an investigation by the Guardian and…

Agency warns FDA, FSIS about drug residue in seafood imports

USA - U.S. seafood imports from as many as 140 countries reached 6 billion pounds by 2015, with 50 percent coming from foreign fish farms. “As imports of farmed seafood increase, so too do the concerns over the presence of drug residues,” says a new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report prepared for Sen. Thad Cochran,…

China delays enforcement of new food import controls

CHINA – China has announced it has delayed enforcing the new controls on food imports following the complaints made by the United States, Europe and other trading partners. According to a document submitted to the World Trade Organization, Beijing had decided to grant a ‘transitional period of 2 years following comments by other governments, reported…

Animal feeds makers sidestep quality checks over high fees

KENYA - Small-scale manufacturers of livestock feeds are side-stepping quality checks due to high service costs leading to low milk output. Research by the Kenya Markets Trust shows that a Sh4,000 fee charged by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) for every test conducted is prohibitive for small scale makers of animal feeds. “Factors that…

Shimadzu donates equipment to step up IAEA food safety work

JAPAN – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has increased its capability towards carrying out tests for contaminants to help countries after receiving sophisticated detection equipment that was donated by Japanese manufacturer Shimadzu Corporation. The IAEA, the world's foremost intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical co-operation, plans to use the new machine to train scientists…

Chicken supplier suspends operations after health and safety breaches

UK - One of the largest suppliers of chicken to UK supermarkets has suspended operations after an investigation allegedly revealed a string of health and safety breaches. 2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) said supply will only restart once it is satisfied that workers have been "appropriately retrained". Ranjit Singh Boparan, owner of 2 Sisters Food…

USDA gives green light to China’s poultry inspections

USA - The “our beef for your chicken deal” hatched by President Donald Trump with the People’s Republic of China last May appears to be on track. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday quietly released the final audit report showing China’s inspection system for poultry processing is equivalent to U.S. systems and standards. An onsite review…

Fake honey continues to flood European market

EUROPE – Beekeeping is endangered around the world as cheap imports of counterfeit honey continue to flood the market, with severe consequences on world food production. According to a research published in December 2016, foreign sugars were found 1.4 times in every 10 honey samples tested by the European Joint Research Centre. Around 20% of…