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…

Nigeria Federal Court strikes out suit filed against GM crops permit issuance

NIGERIA - The Federal High Court in Abuja struck out a suit filed against the issuance of permits and subsequent release of Genetically Modified (GM) crops including BT cotton in the country. According Premium Times, Justice Ahmed Mohammed held that the court was compelled to strike out the suit because it appeared statute barred, though…

Spain, USA and UK researchers successfully create GM rice with HIV-neutralizing proteins

WORLD - An international team of researchers from Spain, the United States, and the United Kingdom has successfully created a strain of genetically modified (GM) rice that will produce HIV-neutralizing proteins. According to Crop Biotech, the scientists have been developing possible treatments for people infected with HIV. Their efforts to produce a vaccine against the…

Nigeria reports biotech cotton varieties allowing farmers access to biotech cotton seeds

NIGERIA – Nigeria has recorded a major breakthrough in crop biotechnology following official approval and registration of two Bt cotton varieties, allowing the farmers to access biotech cotton seeds. According to Crop Biotech, the registered Bt cotton varieties were MRC 7377 BGII and MRC 7361 BGII, and were approved by the National Committee on Naming, Registration…

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…