FOOD RECALLS AND OUTBREAKS, WHAT’S THE MEANING ?

Recalls and Outbreaks

Recalls

Recent Recalls

Real-time notices of recalls and alerts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are listed in the widget. Click on items within the widget for more information on a specific recall or alert.

If the product details in the recall notice match the details on the food product you have at home, do not open or consume the product. Instead, do one of the following:

  • Return the product to the place of purchase for a refund.
  • Dispose of the product following the instructions provided in the recall notice to make sure no one will consume it.

Use the recalls widget on your website to notify your users about the latest food safety recalls and alerts. Click on the “Embed” button and copy and paste the code in your web page. When new alerts and recalls are issued, the widget will be automatically updated.

Food Safety Recalls

What is a Food Recall?

A food recall is when a food producer takes a product off the market because there is reason to believe that it may cause consumers to become ill. In some situations, government agencies may request a food recall. Food recalls may happen for many reasons, including but not limited to:

  • Discovery of organisms, including bacteria such as Salmonella or parasites such as Cyclospora.
  • Discovery of foreign objects such as broken glass or metal.
  • Discovery of a major allergen that does not appear on the product label.

What to Do with a Recalled Product

A food product that has been recalled due to a possible germ contamination or illness, can leave germs around your kitchen and contaminate surfaces, including the drawers and shelves in your refrigerator.

If you’ve already prepared a recalled food item in your kitchen or still have it in your refrigerator, it’s important to throw out the food and clean your kitchen.

  • Wash all cookware and utensils (including cutting boards) with hot soapy water.
  • Clear off counters and refrigerator drawers and shelves and wash them with hot soapy water.
  • Then wipe any surfaces, shelves, or drawers and rinse dishes and cookware with a sanitizing solution and let them air dry. You can use a diluted bleach solution (1 TBSP unscented, liquid chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water).
  • Products recalled due to an undeclared allergen may be a risk for anyone in your household with an allergy to that substance. If the product has never been served, throw it away or return it for a refund. If the product has been served, wash with soap and water any surfaces – plates, pots and pans, utensils, and counters – with which the product may have had contact.

Learn more about how to clean your refrigerator because of a food recall.

Outbreaks

Recent Outbreaks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posts food safety alerts and investigation notices for multistate foodborne disease outbreaks. Click on the link below for a list of the latest outbreaks.

CDC Multistate Foodborne Disease Outbreaks

What Is an Outbreak?

A foodborne outbreak occurs when two or more people get the same illness from the same contaminated food or drink. When an outbreak is detected, public health and regulatory officials work quickly to collect as much information as possible to find out what is causing it so they can take action to prevent more people from getting sick. This action includes warning the public when there is clear and convincing information linking illness to a contaminated food. Federal, state and local officials may investigate an outbreak, depending on how widespread it is.

Resources

Separate government agencies are responsible for protecting different segments of the food supply. Click on an agency’s page below to see more information on recalls and outbreaks. Your state or local public health agency may also list state-specific recalls and outbreak alerts on their websites.

CDC Foodborne Outbreaks

FDA Recalls, Outbreaks & Emergencies

Source=https://www.foodsafety.gov/recalls-and-outbreaks
            =www.cdc.gov/foodsafety
01 April, 2020

FAO DG: Don’t let Covid-19 become hunger game

  • We must face the challenge: an enormous risk that food may not be made available where it is needed (Photo: Bernard Hermant)

The Covid-19 pandemic is putting enormous strains on the public health systems around the world, and millions of people in the world’s most advanced economies are in some form of quarantine.

We know the human toll will be high, and that massive efforts to turn the tide carry a heavy economic cost.

To reduce the risk of an even greater toll – shortage of food for millions, even in affluent countries – the world must take immediate actions to minimise disruptions to food supply chains.

A globally coordinated and coherent response is needed to prevent this public health crisis from triggering a food crisis in which people cannot find or afford food.

For now, Covid-19 has not entailed any strain on food security, despite anecdotal reports of crowded supermarket sieges.

While there’s no need for panic – there is enough supply of food in the world to feed everyone – we must face the challenge: an enormous risk that food may not be made available where it is needed.

The Covid-19 outbreak, with all the accompanying closures and lockdowns, has created logistical bottlenecks that ricochet across the long value chains of the modern global economy.

Restrictions of movement, as well as basic aversion behaviour by workers, may impede farmers from farming and food processors (who handle most agricultural products) from processing.

Shortage of fertilisers, veterinary medicines and other input could also affect agricultural production.

From Manhattan to Manila

Closures of restaurants and less frequent grocery shopping diminish demand for fresh produce and fisheries products, affecting producers and suppliers, especially smallholder farmers, with long-term consequences for the world’s increasingly urbanised population, be they in Manhattan or Manila.

Uncertainty about food availability can induce policymakers to implement trade restrictive measures in order to safeguard national food security.

Given the experience of the 2007-2008 global food price crisis, we know that such measures can only exacerbate the situation.

Export restrictions put in place by exporting countries to increase food availability domestically could lead to serious disruptions in the world food market, resulting in price spikes and increased price volatility.

In 2007-2008, these immediate measures proved extremely damaging, especially for low income food deficit countries and to the efforts of humanitarian organisations to procure supplies for the needy and vulnerable.

We should all learn from our recent past and not make the same mistakes twice.

Policy makers must take care to avoid accidentally tightening food-supply conditions.

While every country faces its own challenges, collaboration – between governments and the full gamut of sectors and stakeholders – is paramount. We are experiencing a global problem that requires a global response.

We must ensure that food markets are functioning properly and that information on prices, production, consumption and stocks of food is available to all in real time.

This approach will reduce uncertainty and allow producers, consumers, traders and processors to make informed decisions and to contain unwarranted panic behaviour in global food markets.

The health impacts of the unfolding Covid-19 pandemic on some of the poorest countries are still unknown. Yet, we can say with certainty that any ensuing food crisis as a result of poor policy making will be a humanitarian disaster that we can avert.

We already have 113 million people experiencing acute hunger; in sub-Saharan Africa, a quarter of the population is undernourished. Any disruptions to food supply chains will intensify both human suffering and the challenge of reducing hunger around the world.

We must do everything possible to not let that happen. Prevention costs less.

Global markets are critical for smoothening supply and demand shocks across countries and regions, and we need to work together to ensure that disruptions of food supply chains are minimised as much as possible.

Covid-19 forcefully reminds us that solidarity is not charity, but common sense.

Author bio

QU Dongyu is the director-general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

POVERTY, LIVER CANCER  AND AFLATOXINS IN AFRICA

 

As at November, 2019 the NCRI cancer conference reported a triple- fold increase in deaths arising from liver cancer in England than ever before. The survey covered a 20-year period between 1997 and 2016 confirmed that this was common among the most deprived of the society. As a matter of fact, there has been a 80% rise in liver cancer deaths in the UK In April, 2019. The American Cancer Society noted that liver cancer is the fastest growing cause of cancer deaths in the USA and the targets are the adult men with less education. The data for Africa are not yet ready!!. Although obesity and excessive alcohol intake were the candidate risk factors, little attention has been placed on the consumption of unwholesome food items particularly laden with aflatoxins. Most of the vulnerable were the uneducated and economically challenged, who are forced by circumstance, not choice, to take any food item, whatever may be the hygienic state.

The Liver Foundation, an American NGO has set aside October as Liver cancer awareness month in recognition of the scare and threat of the deadly morbidity. It is recalled that Oct 17 is marked every year to bring attention to the need to eradicate all forms of extreme poverty, including malnutrition. The Africa Union recognizes the consumption of aflatoxin- dense food as a form of malnutrition, which in itself, is an emblem of poverty. Since it is established that, across the world, liver cancer deaths are traceable to, hepatitis B and C as well as alcohol and aflatoxin consumption, poverty and lack of education are being scandalously left out and have to be addressed. Most post -harvest food items, like maize, ground nut, guinea corn, millet, soybean and rice in Africa are targets of moulds which produce aflatoxins that cannot be detected by ordinary eyes and devoid of odour or taste. These toxins are a group of compounds, secreted on food items in store, transit or on farms. One of the members is the aflatoxin B1, a compound recognised by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, IARC, an arm of the WHO, to have the ability to incite cancer, thus locating it as Group 1 carcinogen. Set up in 1965, the IARC coordinates and conducts both epidemiological and laboratory research into the causes of human cancer . Aflatoxin is the only product of living source that has such attribute.

Detection of aflatoxin in food is expensive, making it easily, innocently accessed and the spread uncontrollable. In the UK alone, about 6000 people are diagnosed with liver cancer each year. In the USA, about 42,000 people are expected to be told the have liver cancer this year 2019. What is the profile for Africa??  In an economically challenged Africa, where it is difficult to convince people to throw away unwholesome food items, particularly where other options are either expensive or not available, it is certain that aflatoxin consumption will contribute to the incidence of liver cancer. Intervention measures by Africa include PACA, the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa, with external funding. The PACA has been operating in selected countries and it is hoped that the extension department of the scheme will be rejigged to achieve a measure of hope for the continent. When farmers and exporters are not aware or equipped with the basics of food safety, only contaminated crops will result, leading to health compromise and export rejects or even trade bans. In Africa, data on risk assessment are sparse and uncoordinated, with little interdisciplinary collaboration, Yet, and most unfortunately, most of the materials rejected at the point of entry as exports to Europe, are consumed locally here ion Africa.

Food safety activities and departments should be decentralized for small holder farmers and operators to have a better feel of the impact. Commodity associations should be streamlined to emphasize compliance with standards before release to the market. Also awareness campaigns should be intensified consciously by research institutes, regulatory agencies, the Press and NGOs. Since the UN promotes fair global trade, the World Trade Organization also has a role to play. Research should now, focus on the manufacture of farmer-friendly hand-held tools or sensors that can easily detect, whether qualitatively or semi quantitatively, contaminants in food, on site. At present, detection techniques are fairly time consuming, expensive and highly technical

Prevention remains the most effective intervention approach and biological input is an attraction.

 

 

Dele Fapohunda

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POST HARVEST EXHIBITION, ADDIS ABABA 2019

 

  • 2nd All African Postharvest Congress and Exhibition, 17-20 September 2019, Addis Ababa
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    2nd AAPHCE(Self-Sponsored)
    Postharvest Loss Reduction and Agro-processing: Drivers of Agricultural Transformation in Africa
    September 17 – 20 2019 · African Union Commission

    BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE

    Africa has remained the most food insecure continent in the world, with approximately one in four people undernourished. Over the years, most African governments have focused on increasing production to meet the food and nutrition needs of the ever rising population which is estimated to reach 2.5 billion by the year 2050. Indeed, most of the strategies for food and nutrition security (FNS) have been focused more on extensification (putting more land to production) and intensification (increased use of agro-inputs). However, these approaches to FNS are challenged by the limited and inelastic production resources (including land, water, energy, agro-inputs). Current food production systems are unsustainable and climate change poses additional challenge to sustainable agriculture in Africa.

    Historical over-emphasis on increased agricultural production without complementary interventions to ensure proper utilization of the food produced has contributed to the reported increase in postharvest food loss and waste over the years. Global food losses and waste is estimated at 1.3 billion metric tonnes (MT), equivalent to over 30% of the total food produced for human consumption, and it is estimated that global food wastage could feed up to 1.6 billion people annually. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, the total quantitative food loss has been estimated to be over 100 million MT/year. For grains alone, the value of postharvest losses is equivalent to approximately USD 4 billion/year (at 2007 prices), which could meet the annual food requirements of about 48 million people. The value of food loss exceeds the annual value of grain imports into Africa. These losses exacerbate food insecurity and have negative impacts on the environment through wasting precious land, water, farm inputs and energy used in producing food that is not consumed. In addition, postharvest losses reduce income to farmers and contribute to higher food prices.

    AGENDA

    Tuesday, September 17
      • Pre-conference

        Excursions – Pre-Conference Meetings – Side Events – Partners Meetings

        8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

      • Event Start

        2:00 PM

      • Official opening

        Opening Remarks: H. E Amb. Josefa Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission, (AUC)

        2:30 PM – 6:00 PM

    Wednesday, September 18
      • Plenary presentations on subtheme 1
        (Public sector initiatives in
        postharvest loss reduction and
        agro-processing: policy,
        strategies and regulations
        ).

        Rwanda – Netherlands

        9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

      • Panel discussion and interactive session.

        10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

      • Plenary presentations on Sub-theme 2: Financing models/options for agro-processing and postharvest managment .

        Damian Ihedioha (AfDB) – Rockefeller Foundation
        (Betty Kibaara)

        2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

      • Panel discussions and interactive session.

        3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

    Thursday, September 19
      • Plenary presenation on Sub-theme 3: Science ,technology and innovation in postharvest managment and agro processing.

        Lead Speakers : Umezuruike Linus Opara, Bart Nicolai

        9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

      • Panel discussions and interactive session.

        10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

      • Plenary presentations on Sub- theme 4: Capacity development and outreach programs in postharvest managment and agro-processing.

        Lead Speakers : Lisa Kitinoja
        (Postharvest Education
        Foundation)
        , Wageningen University
        and Research

        2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

      • Panel discussions and interactive session.

        3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

    Friday, September 20
      • Plenary presentation on Sub-theme 5: Youth and women empowerment through postharvest managment and agro-processing.

        Lead Speakers : AAIN (Alex Ariho)
        , Jemimah Njuki (IDRC)

        9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

      • Plenary presentations on Sub- theme 6: Private sector initiatives and public-private-partnerships (PPP) in postharvest managment and agro processing.

        Lead Speakers : Brett Rierson (WFP)
        ,Gerald Masila (EAGC

        11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

      • Reading of the communique.

        2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

      • Event End

        5:00 PM

      • Closing Ceremony.

        Award ceremony for Malabo
        PHL goal (Based on BR)
        , Closing remarks from the
        Commissioner/CP
        , Closing remarks from the
        Prime Minister Federal
        Democratic Republic of
        Ethiopia

        5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

 

EU REVIEWS BEAN BAN ON NIGERIA

The review of the trade  ban placed on Nigeria by the European Union over excess levels of pesticide contaminant is on going in Abuja today 16 May 2019 . It will be recalled that the ban slammed on Nigeria because the dried beans contained dichlorvos at levels over and above acceptable limits

 

The critical meeting is assessing whether to let the ban expire or whether to extend it for another period.The federal Ministry of Agriculture and Nigeria Agric Quarantine Service are taking part in the review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dele Fapohunda

May 16, 2019

CALL FOR AN END TO FOOD FRAUD IN NIGERIA

A call has gone to all stakeholders to work harder to discourage all forms of food fraud in Nigeria. The call was made by a mycotoxicologist, Prof Stephen Fapohunda. Fapohunda, who is the Founding President of Mycotoxicology Society of Nigeria and a Trustee of same believes that farmers and exporters can be encouraged through affordable, site friendly  testing devices  whose results are acceptable globally.

He stated that food producers and exporters  most sub saharan  African countries need to partner with colleagues in developed countries and arrive at reliable intervetion strategies. Most of the stakeholders have the challenge of awareness and poverty, he stated

 

 

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FOOD SAFETY AND TRADE CONFERENCE HOLDS IN APRIL 2019

The Future of food safety in the world will be discussed on April  2019  at a conference to be held  in Geneva on 23-24 April 2019. It is to be organized  by FAO, WHO and WTO. At the Symposioum all issues regarding capacities of developing countries, responses to infringements and need for compliance will be discussed

 

For more , please visit

https://www.who.int/food-safety/international-food-safety-conference/

food-quality@fao.org

foodsafety@who.int

EQUIPMENT CONTAMINANTS IN FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT ??

We distribute and serve as AGENTS for equipment and materials for the detection of contaminants in FOOD and the ENVIRONMENT  eg soil, water

Mycotoxins, pesticides, veterinary drugs, heavy metals etc are candidate analytes.

 

Relevant Manufacturers and / Distributors are advised to contact

rhizucor@gmail.com

234 8033709492

PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES NOW OPEN-2019

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The products must have green and safe impact on Agriculture and Environment

 

Please contact

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Based in Nigeria, this company strives to engage genuine institutions in long term relationships that market their products and services. We procure raw materials for industries and accept manufactured products for effective distribution and utilization

 

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