Genetic resistance to wheat fungal disease identified

AUSTRALIA - Wheat researchers have discovered a combination of genes that provide resistance to the significant fungal disease Stagonospora nodorum blotch (SNB) in Western Australian varieties. According to Crop Biotech, the discovery was made as part of a research project by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre…

Golden rice completes the third food safety evaluation by USDA

USA - GR2E Golden Rice, a provitamin-A biofortified rice variety, has completed its third positive food safety evaluation by the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA). In an official statement by Crop Biotech, the US FDA announced that it concurred with the International Rice Research Institute’s (IRRI) assessment regarding the safety and nutrition of…

Firmenich successfully completes registration for transparent ingredients

SWITZERLAND – Firmenich, a private Swiss company in the fragrance and flavor business, has announced a successful completion of registration of chemical substances as part of the European Union’s REACH regulation. The company stated that the registration was designed to improve the protection of human health and the environment, and that REACH is a major…

China’s growing protein meal demand will continue to drive soybean imports

CHINA - China’s oilseed consumption continues to grow, driving demand for increased oilseed imports and government support to expand oilseed production, according to GAIN. According to GAIN reports, the total oilseed consumption for 2018/19 is to reach 164.3 million metric tons (MMT) based on the continued growth of the animal husbandry industry’s demand for protein…

EFSA gives recommendations on risks posed by pesticides in infant food and drinks

EUROPE - The European Food Safety Authority, the agency of the European Union that provides independent scientific advice and communicates on existing and emerging risks associated with the food chain, has made recommendations to further protect young infants from potential risks posed by pesticide residues in food. According to the agency, the proposals are part…

New edition of ISO 22000 on food safety management systems released

WORLD – A new edition of ISO 22000 on food safety management systems has been released after reports were made that over two hundred diseases spread through the food chain and therefore, sustainable food production has become a challenge. Food safety is about the prevention, elimination and control of foodborne hazards, from the site of production…

FSA maintains safety guidance on acrylamide and furan

UK - UK’s Food Standards Agency has announced that following investigations on amount of acrylamide and furan present in a range of retail foods, the levels do not increase risk to human health. The agency said as a result, it does not change its advice to consumers on acrylamide and furan. FSA carried a survey…

Kenya Bureau Standards body’s boss arrested after sugar scandal probes

KENYA - Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the government’s standards agency’s Managing Director Charles Ongwae has been arrested hours after the body confirmed that imported contraband sugar was contaminated with copper. According to an article published by the Daily Nation, the standards boss was arrested alongside quality assurance and inspection director and head of the…

France plans to ban titanium oxide in food additives

FRANCE - France’s National Assembly passed an amendment banning the use, import and marketing of any food product containing titanium dioxide (TiO2) as a food additive as a component of France’s farm and food bill currently under debate. A 2017 French scientific study highlighted the potential carcinogen risks of nanoparticles of Ti02. However, EFSA stated…

China imposes anti-dumping penalties on Brazil chicken products

CHINA - China has announced plans to impose anti-dumping duties on broiler chicken products imported from Brazil citing an investigation that indicated increasing imports were damaging the domestic poultry industry. Bloomberg reported that the Ministry of Commerce said that importers would now have to pay deposits of between 18.8 to 38.4% on purchases to Chinese…