FSIS proposes to remove dual labeling for some meat and poultry products

USA - The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed to remove dual labeling requirements for certain amounts of meat and poultry products. This involves duplicative net weight and net content requirements for packages that contain certain amounts of meat or poultry products. The proposed regulation would apply to…

Waitrose in partnership to develop food packaging film from waste shells

UK – British supermarket chain, Waitrose has partnered a Scottish biotechnology company, CuanTec to trial a new food packaging film made from langoustine shells. The partners are exploring the potential for eco food packaging made from the waste shells to address the increasing concerns around plastic packaging and their impact on the environment, reports FoodBev.…

Tea Board of India calls for compliance with safety standards to boost quality

INDIA - The Tea Board of India has directed all tea manufacturing units to comply with norms stipulated by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in a bid to boost tea quality. The state agency has called on the manufacturers to get their end product tested in NABL-accredited labs (the National Accreditation…

USDA, FDA and EPA unveil new strategy to reduce food waste

USA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have announced a new inter-agency strategy to address food waste. This collaborative effort is part of the Trump Administration’s Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month which looks to see success of the agricultural…

Egypt rejects French wheat shipment over high fungus contamination

EGYPT - The government of Egypt has rejected a shipment of 63,000 tonnes of wheat sourced from France which officials in the country said that the commodity had exceeded the authorized levels of ergot, a grain fungus. According to a report by Reuters, Egyptian officials found 0.1% ergot in the wheat shipment, which exceeds the…

Rwanda Standards Board to introduce new feature in anti-counterfeit drive

RWANDA – The Rwanda Standards Board is set to introduce a special logo of standards, the ‘S-MARK’, on approved products in a bid to promote reduction of counterfeit products and improve visibility in the international market. Anicent Muriro, from the standards body, said that the special technology is also aimed at enabling small to medium…

China’s demand for oilseed increases despite Swine Fever concerns

USA – Demand for oilseed from China has increased bolstered by rising chicken, beef and aquaculture production despite the recent health concerns around the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak. According to Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), this trend will see increase in…

Standards body clears Jetlak Foods’ peanut butter back to market

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the standards regulatory body in Kenya, has lifted an earlier ban on Nuteez Peanut Butter, produced by Jetlak Foods Limited. Following recent inspections at its processing facilities, KEBS said that the company had addressed quality issues raised following the ban of the peanut butter and was satisfied…

Seba Foods Malawi recalls soya product over quality concerns

MALAWI - Seba Foods Malawi Limited, a subsidiary of Vamara Group, said it has deployed a team to withdraw the ‘Golden Goodness Tasty Soya’ with the labels 061818A and 061218A from the market following quality concerns of the product. According to a report by Malawi News Agency, the efforts follows concerns raised by the Competition…

Swiggy’s deal for Uber Eats India delays over regulatory issues

INDIA – Uber’s plans to sell its Indian food delivery business, UberEats to rival Swiggy has been delayed as a result of tax and legal issues as well as other regulatory conditions. An ET Retail report which cites three people familiar with the matter indicates that in addition to failure to meet certain market and…