FDA says sale of recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal still ongoing

USA - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has announced that the recalled Kellogg Co Honey Smacks cereal was still being sold at retail outlets and warned consumers not to purchase the product, according to Reuters. Kellogg company had voluntarily recalled an estimated 1.3-million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal in the US over potential…

Rite Foods receives ISO 9001 certification to expand into West Africa

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s food and beverage company, Rite Foods has received ISO 9001:2015 certification from the Standard Organisation of Nigeria as it seeks growth into the rest of the West African countries, according to the Vanguard. The Quality Management System certification demonstrates the food manufacturer’s ability to provide quality products and services that meet both…

Government to review excise duty increase on locally produced alcohol

NIGERIA - The Federal government of Nigeria is considering to review the recent increase in tariff rates on alcoholic drinks produced locally, reported Beverage Industry news quoting information from the Minister of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige. According to the minister, the government will review the new 500% excise duty, which came into effect on June…

Firmenich successfully completes registration for transparent ingredients

SWITZERLAND – Firmenich, a private Swiss company in the fragrance and flavor business, has announced a successful completion of registration of chemical substances as part of the European Union’s REACH regulation. The company stated that the registration was designed to improve the protection of human health and the environment, and that REACH is a major…

Unilever receives positive opinion on health claim for tea from the EFSA

EUROPE - Unilever, the world’s leading tea company, has announced that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a positive opinion on the company’s evidence that black tea improves attention. According to EFSA, this opinion makes Unilever the first company in the EU to receive a positive scientific opinion on a health claim for…

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…

India extends ban on milk products from China on food safety issues

INDIA - The government of India has further extended the ban on milk and its product imports from China including chocolates, candies and other confectioneries based on food safety concerns. The ban, imposed from 22 June 2017 to 23 June this year has now been extended to December 23 covering ‘food preparations’ with milk or…

Trump proposes consolidation of federal food safety into single agency under USDA

USA - Trump’s administration on June 21, 2018 proposed consolidation of federal food safety into a single agency, under the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This seeks to bring together the functions of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) into a single…

Tanzania Breweries recommits to improving barley production

TANZANIA - Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) has renewed its commitment in collaborating with farmers to improve barley productivity in the country, reported IPP media. During the Barley Growers day in the country’s capital, the company introduced new varieties of seed to help farmers grow commercial barley that is suitable to the soil and climatic conditions…