There is no evidence that food is a source or transmission route of Coronavirus, says EFSA

EUROPE – Based on experience from previous outbreaks of related coronaviruses, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says that there is currently no evidence that food is a likely source or route of transmission of […]

Coronavirus pandemic: Food and beverage firms step up efforts to mitigate spread

WORLD – In the wake of the rapidly increasing numbers of reported coronavirus cases, food and beverage companies as well as retailers across various markets have been seen to coordinate their efforts to prevent the […]

Foundation FSSC 22000 launches new program to support SMEs in producing safe food

USA – The Foundation Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000), a globally accepted Food Safety Management Certification Scheme has launched a renewed and improved food safety system program for smaller and medium sized food […]

Costco approved as first participant in FSMA Voluntary Qualified Importer Program

USA – The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Costco Wholesale Corporation as the first participant in the FDA’s Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) under the FDA Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA).  […]

Egypt reintroduces government pre-shipment inspections for grain imports

EGYPT – Egypt has reintroduced mandatory plant quarantine pre-shipment inspections for grain imports according to the Global Agricultural Information Network report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In accordance with the international provisions, all […]

FDA approves first drug for treatment of peanut allergy for children

USA – Peanut allergy, a condition in which the body’s immune system mistakenly identifies even small amounts of peanut as harmful, is known to affect approximately 1 million children in the United States. Out of […]

Malawi launches four-year strategic plan to transform agricultural sector

MALAWI – The Malawi Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) launched a new agriculture strategic plan 2019 – 2023 under the theme “Together for a vibrant agriculture.” The plan aims to transform and assist farmers on […]

Consultants suggest complete reconfiguration of Ethiopian sugar industry

ETHIOPIA – Consultants hired to shape the future sugar sector in Ethiopia have urged the government to remove the existing 33 percent excise tax levied on local producers, reports The Reporter. In a public consultation […]

Ethiopia drafts bill to amend excise tax law on alcoholic and soft beverages

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance has presented a bill to the Council of Ministers to amend the nation’s excise tax law in an effort to standardise taxation of alcoholic products, soft beverages and other […]