FDA lifts import ban on genetically engineered salmon, advocates for safe biotechnology

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has lifted an import ban on genetically engineered salmon as part of the efforts in advancing development of safe biotechnology innovations in the country. The 2016 import ban prevented genetically engineered salmon from entering the US until the agency finalizes on guidelines on how it should be…

USDA’S FSIS issues best practices guideline in response to customer complaints

USA - Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a best practices guideline to help the meat and poultry industry respond to customer complaints related to adulterated or misbranded products. The guidance reinforces the need for the industry to clearly respond to customer complaints of foreign materials…

USDA and FDA announce formal agreement to jointly regulate cell-cultured food products

USA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have announced a formal agreement to jointly regulate cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry. The two agencies said they will jointly oversee the production of human food products developed using the cell-cultured technology.…

FAO and Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition partner to enhance food security

AFRICA – The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) have agreed to join forces to increase the availability and affordability of nutritious food for all in developing countries. The partnership aims at enabling inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems, focusing on new approaches which engage small and…

JM Smucker, Stonyfield, Grain Millers join organic fraud prevention program

USA - J.M. Smucker Co., Stonyfield and Grain Millers, Inc. have joined the Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions program launched by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) to help minimize or eliminate organic fraud. The three among the 10 companies that have committed to fight against organic fraud in trading both inside and outside the United States.…

USDA strengthens partnerships to prevent African Swine Fever entering the country

USA – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced additional steps to protect the United States from African swine fever (ASF) which is widely spreading internationally. The strengthened actions aim to protect the country’s swine industry from the disease which has since spread to China. This follows the protections announced earlier by the…

Zambia’s Health Minister backs utilisation of GM foodstuffs

ZAMBIA – Zambia’s Health Minister, Dr Chitalu Chilufya, said that Genetically Modified (GM) foodstuffs have been to have no adverse effects on human health hence assuring safety to consumers in the country. According to a report by NewDiggers Dr Chilufya said that the ministry had undertaken relevant studies on the safety of GM food stuffs…

FDA unveils strategy to advance food safety and oversight of imported food

USA – The Food and Drug Administration of the United States has announced a new strategy to advance its food safety mission and modernize oversight of imported food. The FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Deputy, Frank Yiannas have outlined steps the federal agency will undertake to promote FDA’s food safety and the implementation of the…

DNV GL, GFSI survey reveals certification as most critical tool in advancing food safety

FRANCE - DNV GL, one of the world’s leading certification bodies, and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) in collaboration with The Consumer Goods Forum have identified certification as the most efficient tool for the advancement of food safety. Based on a survey carried out on 1600 industry experts, majority (79%) of companies view certification…

Strong, inclusive and empowering partnerships key to world’s food security, says CABI

BOTSWANA - Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International’s (CABI) Director General Development, Dr Dennis Rangi has, called for strong, inclusive and empowering partnerships in tackling the worlds food crisis. Speaking during CABI’s African Regional Consultation in Botswana, Dr Rangi said that the approach presents an opportunity towards enhancing food security and alleviating malnutrition. According to…