FDA approves use of genetically modified cotton as human food source

USA – The US Food and Drug Administration has green-lighted the use of a genetically modified cottonseed developed by Texas A&M University scientists to be used for human consumption. For the past 25years, the scientists […]

Liberia Agricultural Commodity Regulatory Authority revises cocoa regulations

LIBERIA – The Liberia Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (LACRA) has revised the cocoa regulations governing the sector to suit local exporters. This follows the Senate issuing a directive to the regulatory body to revise the […]

Singapore mulls ban of advertisements for sugary drinks to curb diabetes

SINGAPORE – Singapore plans to implement a ban on advertisements of certain fizzy drinks and juices as part of a raft of measures to curb high diabetes rates associated with consumption of sugar. As one […]

Germany plans to introduce NutriScore food labeling system

GERMANY – Germany plans to introduce a national voluntary food labeling scheme NutriScore in the coming year, that will be used to display the nutritional value of food. Despite the model attracting mixed reactions from […]

South Africa drafts a bill on feed, pet food and fertilizer manufacturing

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has proposed changes to the Feeds and Pet Food Bill and the Fertiliser Bill, governing the regulation and licensing of facilities that […]

UK food industry makes further progress on sugar reduction

UK – Public Health England (PHE) has published its second-year highlighting the progress made by the food industry to voluntarily reduce sugar in everyday foods-indicating that food manufacturers have scaled up their efforts in the […]

Kenya invites proposals to inform finalization of draft Food Safety policy

KENYA – The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and the Ministry of Health in Kenya are inviting stakeholders to submit their views on the proposed food safety regulations. The Ministries are working in conjunction […]

Kenyan scientists push for the adoption of GM technology

KENYA – The ban of Genetically Modified (GM) technology imposed in the country since 2012 and lack of approvals by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) has been the biggest obstacle to food sustainability, scientists […]

China grants six month transition period for new pet food labels

CHINA – The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) has issued an additional six months transition period for domestic and foreign pet food producers to transition to new labels as per the new […]