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 […]

New initiative launches to increase understanding of genetically engineered foods

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), have launched a new initiative to help consumers better understand […]

USDA appoints Paul Kiecker as new administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service

USA – The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue has appointed Paul Kiecker to serve as Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Mr. Kiecker will be assuming […]

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).  […]

FDA reopens comment period related to food standards of identity modernization

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reopening the comment period on a 2005 proposed rule to establish a set of general principles for food standards of identity modernization. The proposed rule […]

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 […]

Kenyan standards body orders withdrawal of 17 maize meal brands

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) on Wednesday, January 29 ordered the withdrawal of 17 brands of maize flour from the shelves after tests confirmed the brands as unfit for human consumption, with […]

Vietnamese yellowfin tuna supplier to recall products linked to scombrotoxin fish poisoning

USA – Truong Phu Xanh, a Vietnamese firm supplying yellowfin tuna fish is to initiate a voluntary recall of all its yellowfin tuna sold in the US after investigations linked scombrotoxin fish poisoning to the […]

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India bans sale of junk food in schools

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has framed Food Safety and Standards (Safe food and healthy diets for Schoolchildren regulations 2019) to clamp down on consumption of unhealthy food by […]