FDA proposes new funding across multiple US food safety systems

USA – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed new funding across multiple aspects of US food safety system which is meant to solidify the agency’s capabilities in food safety management. Additional funding aims to support innovations in technology and the new requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act…

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 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.…

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…

Nigeria approves first GM crop for open cultivation

NIGERIA– The Nigerian government has approved its first genetically modified (GM) crop, the pod borer resistant cowpea for cultivation by farmers, reports Premium Times. The cowpea cultivar isgenetically modified to resist the pest - Maruca Vitrata- was developed by Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The National Biosafety Management Agency…

Kerry launches non-GMO yeast that can reduce acrylamide levels by 90%

IRELAND – Kerry has launched a non-GMO yeast solution which it says has the ability to reduce acrylamide levels in various food and beverage applications by 90%. The yeast, which is also a clean-label solution is called Acryleast, and has been developed and introduced by Kerry in partnership with Renaissance BioScience, a developer of proprietary…

Researchers seek go-ahead for ‘high iron’ GM wheat field trials

UK – Researchers at John Innes Centre, an independent plant and microbial research institution have applied to the United Kingdom regulatory authorities for the approval to begin field trials of genetically modified wheat starting April. Research carried out at the research center seeks to introduce a wheat variety in which more iron is directed into…

Innscor, others receive permit to import GMO products in Zambia

ZAMBIA – Fast moving consumer goods distributor, Innscor Africa, Cold Chain and Horizon have received new permits to import products that may contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into Zambia. A Lusaka Times report indicates that the three distributors were among twelve retailers who were granted the new permit by National Biosafety Authority (NBA). According to NBA…

Tanzania bans genetically modified trials and destroys research evidence

TANZANIA -The Tanzanian government has imposed a ban on all the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) trials being carried out in the country and has ordered destruction of research evidence. According to the Citizen, the ban was imposed through a statement made by the ministry of agriculture in the country. The move was necessitated and motivated…

U.S. seeks to push African countries to adopt GM crops

AFRICA - The United States is seeking African governments’ approval of genetically engineered (GMO) products given various restrictions on GMO imports in various African countries. TheEastAfrican has reported that a Trump administration official is visiting Africa to promote acceptance of the engineered crops as a way to meet the continent’s food needs while also fostering…