JBT-Avure enhances efficiency, versatility of high-pressure pasteurization with launch of FlexiBulk

US – JBT-Avure, formally known as JBT Corporation, has unveiled a new bulk high-pressure pasteurization (HPP) technology aimed at enhancing the efficiency of the pasteurization process.   Known as FlexiBulk, the new technology boasts fill speeds of up to 55 gallons per minute. The machine HPPs both individually packaged products, and food and beverage bulk products, simultaneously.  With FlexiBulk, filling and unfilling is done outside the HPP press, resulting in the FlexiBulk being able to fill bags, in baskets, while other bags are being pressed and unfilled.   The new technology also has an added advantage…

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European insect sector bound for exponential growth following EU decision to greenlight use of insect proteins in poultry and pig feed

EUROPE – The European Union (EU) Commission has adopted the decision to amend the feed ban regulation, allowing the use of processed animal proteins (PAPs) and insects to feed non-ruminant farmed animals such as pigs and poultry.   According to the commission, the decision was based on the scientific opinion by the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) which showed that certain specific feed ban measures were no longer justified.     The commission’s decisions follow approval from both the European Parliament and Council as well as the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCOPAFF)…

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Kenyan slaughter houses on spot for offering low quality pork resulting from poor livestock handling

KENYA – World Animal Protection, the global advocate of animal rights has raised concerns regarding the handling of pigs from the farm, transportation to slaughter houses which ultimately affect the quality of pork being consumed. The non-profit organization has released a collaborative study undertaken in partnership with International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and University of Nairobi, which collected information on where the pigs were farmed, how they were transported, and gross lesions on the live animals and the carcasses. The findings under the study titled “Animal welfare and food safety…

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Tiger Brands recalls canned products over faulty cans

SOUTH AFRICA – Tiger Brands, South Africa’s largest food manufacturer, has announced the urgent recall of about 20 million KOO, its rainbow brand, and Hugo’s canned vegetable products manufactured between 1 May 2019 and 5 May 2021 over safety concerns due to potentially defective cans. The company’s Groceries division first discovered the defective products in May 2021, prior to the final labelling of the finished product, linking them to a deficient side seam weld that could cause the cans to leak. They were traced back to three different batches of…

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Federal regulations critical in ensuring safety of CBD products – Consumer Brands

USA – The Consumer Brands Association has renewed its call for urgent government action on cannabidiol (CBD) regulation, asserting that federal engagement is critical to ensuring consumer safety.   The call comes after a new report from Consumer Brands showed that the lack of a clear federal law on CBD use in foods was putting the safety of consumers using the product at risk.   The report noted that absent of a regulatory framework, consumers cannot have confidence their products are being manufactured in compliance with existing and applicable manufacturing, processing, distributing, and claim requirements.  Additionally, the…

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DSM unveils new phage-robust culture rotations to help manufacturers overcome spoilage issues in cheese

NETHERLANDS – Dutch multinational health and nutrition company DSM has expanded its Dairy Safe cheese biopreservation portfolio with a new range of phage-robust culture rotations.  The company notes that the new range comprised of four new culture rotations offers a more robust system that effectively manages bacteriophages (phages) and overcomes spoilage issues in cheese.  Insufficient management of phages can lead to fermentation delays and production slow-down, which can contribute to increased food loss and have a detrimental impact on cheese flavour, yield, and texture.  At the same time, demand for great-tasting, sustainable and natural…

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Ghana suspends importation of poultry from neighboring countries following bird-flu outbreak

GHANA – Ghana is on high alert following reported cases of spread of the highly pathogenic Avian Influenza in the country, that could affect about 600,000 farm animals. The West African country has confirmed an outbreak of the bird flu in seven farms located at the Greater Accra, Volta and Central regions. According to Patrick Abakeh, Director of veterinary services at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), nearly 6,000 birds were found to have died of the H5N1 avian flu, with the veterinary department forced to destroy 4,500 chickens…

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IITA to establish fifth Alflasafe production facility in Mozambique, heightening fight against aflatoxin contamination

MOZAMBIQUE – The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), has signed a Technology Transfer and Licensing Agreement (TTLA) with Mozambique’s AflaLivre Moçambique S.A., to manufacture and distribute Aflasafe in the country. Aflasafe, is a natural product used to reduce aflatoxin contamination in human food and animal feed. The technology was developed by IITA in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and different National research organizations. As part of the new partnership, an Aflasafe factory will…

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Bolt Food South Africa expands into Johannesburg as it guns for rivals

SOUTH AFRICA – Bolt Food South Africa, the food delivery arm of ride-hailing firm Bolt, is eyeing expansion into Johannesburg as it readies to take on main competitors Uber Eats and Mr D Food in the market. The food delivery app, which launched in Cape Town during the onset of the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, says it has experienced 50% month-on-month growth in the past three months and is betting on competitive prices, as it eyes nationwide expansion. The lockdown resulted in online shopping reaching a tipping point during the…

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Kerry to acquire preservation technology company Niacet for US$1.01B

NETHERLANDS – Kerry, an Irish-based global taste and nutrition company, has signed an agreement to acquire preservation technology company Niacet in a deal estimated to be worth US$1.014 billion (€853 million).  Niacet specializes in food preservation and has exclusive drying and granulation process technologies in its key market categories of Bakery, Meat and Pharma.  It also has cost-effective low-sodium preservation systems for both meat and plant-based food across conventional and clean label solutions.  According to a statement from Kerry, the acquisition will bolster its efforts to strengthen its own technologies for food protection and preservation. …

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