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…

Nestle and Carrefour partner to offer full brand traceability using blockchain

FRANCE – Nestle and the French retail giant, Carrefour have partnered to use blockchain technology to offer full traceability of famous mashed potato brand, Mousline purée. Customers in France will be able to have full access to blockchain data for the product, enhancing transparency across the entire supply chain. Consumers can use their smartphone or…

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.…

Swiss government says coffee ‘not essential’, stockpiling to end

SWITZERLAND (Reuters) - Switzerland on Wednesday announced plans to abolish the nation’s emergency stockpile of coffee, in place for decades, after declaring the beans not vital for human survival, though opposition to the proposal is brewing.  Nestle, the maker of instant coffee Nescafe, and other importers, roasters and retailers are required by Swiss law to…

Egypt accepts French wheat cargo after re-testing

EGYPT (Reuters) - A French wheat cargo Egypt had rejected by Egypt due to high levels of the grain fungus ergot has been re-tested and found to have acceptable levels, a ministry document showed and an Egyptian official said.  The cargo at the Red Sea port of Safaga will be offloaded and distributed to mills…

Mauritius lifts ban on Kenyan produce, imposes strict conditions

KENYA - Mauritius has lifted its ban on Kenya’s avocado produce imposed in 2015 but unveiled strict hygienic conditions for the fruit to access Mauritian market. Following the move, Kenyan authorities will have to meet high standards for the exports to commence as the country continues to expand its market for the lucrative produce. Kenya’s…

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…

Tyson Ventures invests in US food safety testing firm Clear Labs

USA – Tyson Ventures, the investment arm of the American food company, Tyson Foods has invested in Clear Labs Inc., a US based food safety testing company as it seeks to drive innovations across its businesses. Clear Labs has developed Clear Safety automated food safety platform for routine pathogen detection and next-generation sequencing (NGS) for…

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…