Bunge Loders Croklaan to launch non-GMO sunflower lecithin solution

USA - Bunge Loders Croklaan, the global business-to-business plant-based oils and fats business of Bunge, will debut BungeMaxx sunflower lecithin, a Non-GMO Project Verified ingredient with a range of benefits for food and beverages, including emulsification, crystallization control, and more. BungeMaxx sunflower lecithin is Non-GMO Project Verified, plant-based, and does not require labeling as an…

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…

World food and beverage companies want the government to label GMO ingredients

USA - The world’s top food companies and farmers of crops such as beet sugar are pitted against each other as they lobby the U.S. government over plans to label genetically engineered ingredients. According to Reuters, this issue of transparency over ingredients used by packaged foods makers which are facing flagging consumer trust and stagnating…

Ghana’s leading research institute endorses modern biotechnology

GHANA - Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana’s leading research institute has endorsed the use of modern biotechnology, an area considered vital in enhancing food security. According to USDA’s GAIN, the approval was made by Dr. Victor Agyeman, Director-General CSIR in an interview with the country’s leading newspaper, Business & Financial Times. Dr.…

Pizza Hut commits to use anti-biotic free chicken by 2022

USA - Pizza Hut, the pizza, pasta and chicken restaurant has pledged to use chicken raised free from antibiotics in the US by 2022 in its latest move to provide healthier food menus. This involves cutting antibiotics important to human medicine from all its chicken products including its subsidiary WingStreet wings. Pizza Hut is responding…

South Korea and Japan halts ‘genetically modified’ wheat imports from Canada

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea has announced that it has suspended wheat and flour imports from Canada after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that it had discovered genetically modified (GM) wheat in southern Alberta. On June 15, Japan temporarily halted imports of Canadian wheat saying it was reviewing tests that Canadian officials had…

Genetically modified wheat ‘related to Monsanto GM wheat line’ detected in Canada

CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has discovered genetically modified (GM) wheat in southern Alberta, Canada even when GM wheat is not authorized in the country. World Grain reported that the testing carried out by CFIA found out that the Alberta wheat sample was a match for a Monsanto GM wheat line that…

Renaissance BioScience partners with Mitacs for US$1.44m research project

CANADA - Renaissance BioScience, a global leader in proprietary yeast-based technology solutions has announced a US$1.44 million research and development project in partnership with Mitacs, a research and training organisation. The project, equally funded by the two companies supports the development of next-generation, systematic tools and methods for expanding, screening and selecting biodiversity in non-GMO…

USDA approves use of carrageenan in organic food

USA - The U.S. federal executive department, USDA has ruled that the use of carrageenan as an emulsifier in organic foods like ice cream and high protein drinks is acceptable despite recommendation from the National Organic Standards Board's (NOSB), its advisory arm to withdraw the approval. Carrageenan is used in high-protein beverages to keep the…