Guidelines to support African governments in improving food safety across the informal sector are to be developed.

The African Union (AU) and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) are designing a framework for a continent-wide approach to engaging with the informal food sector. 

Guidance seeks to reflect the realities of African

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The problem of unsafe food has yet to get the global attention and resources it deserves, according to an expert cited in a new film.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Feed The Future program, Evidence and Action Towards Safe Nutritious Food (EatSafe), documentary focuses on traditional markets, known

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Officials in South Africa have issued a warning after several cases of children falling seriously ill after eating different types of snacks.

Authorities appealed for calm following reports claiming children had died after consuming items bought from spaza shops. These sites are also called tuck shops and are informal grocery stores.

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Researchers have proposed a radical shift in how food safety is looked at in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

They said the top-down focus of efforts to build food safety capacity in LMICs has largely failed when it comes to the informal sector. Instead, interventions, both regulatory and facilitative, should

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Speakers at a roundtable discussion stressed the need to build capacity, engage policymakers, and use technology to improve food safety in Africa.

The session, organized by the Africa Union Commission (AUC), featured Simplice Nouala head of the agriculture and food security division at AUC; Ade Freeman, regional program leader for
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African experts have highlighted the main food safety concerns, challenges, and potential solutions for the continent at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) virtual annual meeting.

The roundtable discussion included specialists from South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Gambia. The majority highlighted mycotoxins as one of the top issues.
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