EFSA gives recommendations on risks posed by pesticides in infant food and drinks

EUROPE - The European Food Safety Authority, the agency of the European Union that provides independent scientific advice and communicates on existing and emerging risks associated with the food chain, has made recommendations to further protect young infants from potential risks posed by pesticide residues in food. According to the agency, the proposals are part…

New edition of ISO 22000 on food safety management systems released

WORLD – A new edition of ISO 22000 on food safety management systems has been released after reports were made that over two hundred diseases spread through the food chain and therefore, sustainable food production has become a challenge. Food safety is about the prevention, elimination and control of foodborne hazards, from the site of production…

FSA maintains safety guidance on acrylamide and furan

UK - UK’s Food Standards Agency has announced that following investigations on amount of acrylamide and furan present in a range of retail foods, the levels do not increase risk to human health. The agency said as a result, it does not change its advice to consumers on acrylamide and furan. FSA carried a survey…

Kenya Bureau Standards body’s boss arrested after sugar scandal probes

KENYA - Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the government’s standards agency’s Managing Director Charles Ongwae has been arrested hours after the body confirmed that imported contraband sugar was contaminated with copper. According to an article published by the Daily Nation, the standards boss was arrested alongside quality assurance and inspection director and head of the…

France plans to ban titanium oxide in food additives

FRANCE - France’s National Assembly passed an amendment banning the use, import and marketing of any food product containing titanium dioxide (TiO2) as a food additive as a component of France’s farm and food bill currently under debate. A 2017 French scientific study highlighted the potential carcinogen risks of nanoparticles of Ti02. However, EFSA stated…

China imposes anti-dumping penalties on Brazil chicken products

CHINA - China has announced plans to impose anti-dumping duties on broiler chicken products imported from Brazil citing an investigation that indicated increasing imports were damaging the domestic poultry industry. Bloomberg reported that the Ministry of Commerce said that importers would now have to pay deposits of between 18.8 to 38.4% on purchases to Chinese…

USDA and FDA launch audit program to reinforce produce safety requirements for farmers

USA - The US government in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched the USDA Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices Audit Program (USDA H-GAP) as part of their strategy to strengthen food safety. The announcement made by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb,…

Bunge S.A to supply ‘cheaper’ wheat for humanitarian relief in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA - Bunge S.A, Amsterdam based subsidiary of Bunge Limited has made the least offer to supply 35,000 tonnes of wheat for US$10.51 million meant for humanitarian assistance programme deemed Productive Safety Net Program. The program targets to reach 10 million food-insecure people, spending US$3 billion a year out of which 14% is funded by…

Ghana to build one factory in every district focusing on agric sector

GHANA - Ghana has announced that twenty-four factories have so far been approved for construction under the government’s “One District One Factory (1D1F)” initiative to build one factory in every district with a close emphasis on the agricultural sector, reports GNA. Deputy Trade and Industry Minister, Robert Ahomka-Lindsay said the category includes six existing factories…

Dairy firm to introduce Journalists Award to promote sector

TANZANIA - ASAS Dairies Ltd, a private dairy processing firm in Tanzania is contemplating on introducing Journalist Award to enhance growth in the sector by promoting existing opportunities as well as attract investments. According to Daily News, the award would motivate journalists to write more about prospective opportunities in the sector, in the long-run boost…