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Genetically modified food is one of the great opinion-dividers of our time. Some argue that GM foods could damage the environment and human health. But others say they could be the answer to a secure food supply for the world’s growing population.

Eco-friendly innovation will shape the future of the food industry

New technologies and innovative ingredients are likely to structurally change the food supply chain in the near future, says a report by Rabobank.

Gene discovery may block GM ‘contamination’ worries

A newly identified gene could block genetically modified crops from cross-contaminating conventional crops, say researchers.

EFSA must revise its conflict of interest rules: European Ombudsman

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has been told to revise its conflict of interest rules, after the European Ombudsman received complaints that GM working group members failed to provide full...

Certification to assure soy-free sunflower lecithin

Cert ID Europe has introduced a certification programme to confirm that sunflower lecithin does not contain traces of soy.

What does the roadmap to food security really look like?

Food security is vital to the food industry in both developing and developed countries, but what does ‘food security’ really mean, how do we measure it, and can we really...

TTIP will not impact GM labelling in Europe, says Agriculture Commissioner

Products containing genetically modified ingredients will still be required to be labelled as such in the future, despite fears that protection standards could suffer because of new trade agreements.

Could national decisions on biotech allow more GM crop cultivation?

The European Parliament has voted to allow national bans on GM crops, but this could actually encourage more GM varieties to be cultivated in Europe, claims UK organic advocacy group...

Beyond GMOs: Europe needs to update biotech regulation

The European Union needs to update the way it regulates biotechnology as advances are made in plant breeding – or risk disrupting trade in commodity crops, according to Professor Huw...

GRAS status opens up market for Ahiflower, a plant-based omega 3-6-9 oil with high SDA levels

A new competitor has arrived on the plant-based omega-3s scene with the announcement of FDA no-objection GRAS status for Ahiflower oil, an ingredient from Technology Crops International.  The oil offers...

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Naturally opposed? Balancing new technologies with consumer perceptions

New technologies are vital to the future growth of the food and nutrition industry, but their future success depends on much more than the science behind them.

EU deal would allow member states to ban GM crops

The European Parliament and member states have agreed rules to allow member states to ban or restrict the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops, even when they are approved at...

‘Robust’ evidence for GM crop benefits, says meta-analysis

Genetically modified crops offer ‘large and significant’ benefits in both developed and developing countries, according to a new meta-analysis.

Juncked: Outcry over scrapping of scientific adviser role

Scientists have condemned Juncker’s decision to axe the role of Chief Scientific Adviser in the new European Commission.

GM regulations hold back innovation, say UK researchers

Current European restrictions on genetically modified (GM) crops could hold back crop innovation needed to ensure food security, claims a UK government-funded research body.

Ladislav Miko tipped as acting SANCO head, following chief resignation

The position of head of the directorate general for health and consumers (DG SANCO) will likely pass to Czech environmental politician Ladislav Miko following the resignation of Paola Testori Coggi,...

EU project seeks to improve GM food safety testing

An EU-funded project that aims to improve safety testing for genetically modified (GM) foods has published its first results.

What’s top on the Commission’s food forum agenda?

The impact of ‘sin taxes’ on competitiveness and consumption habits, food prices, and sustainability were the key points on the agenda for the European Commission’s High Level Forum for a...

We can cope with extra novel food workload, says EFSA official

The European Food Safety Authority is willing and able to cope with the extra workload of novel food assessment that could come under its control, an official said at a...

European Council declassifies TTIP trade negotiation document

The Council of the European Union has published the negotiating directives for EU-US trade talks (TTIP) after months of criticism from NGOs and campaigners over an alleged lack of transparency.

Novel food proposals

Does 'history of safe consumption' mean foods are safe?

Proposals to create a separate process for novel food approval from countries outside of the EU will not see the market flooded with unsafe foods, a European Commission official told...

Current rules on GM crops ‘create conflict’, says European Commissioner-designate

The European Commissioner-elect for health and food safety has said he intends to review rules on GM crop cultivation and broker compromise on animal cloning, among other top-priority topics.

TTIP is a 'trojan horse' trade deal for GM imports, says Friends of the Earth

The proposed EU-US trade deal could see the European market opened up to US imports of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), despite the Commission's public assurances to the contrary, claims Friends of...

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The road to fish-oil equivalent GM camelina

Rothamsted Research has achieved omega-3 levels comparable to fish oil in its first GM camelina harvest, something which has been surprisingly well received by the public, its senior researcher says. ...

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EFSA extends consultation on ‘Open EFSA’

The European Food Safety Authority has extended the period of public consultation on its discussion paper ‘Transformation to an Open EFSA’ by a month.

MEPs voice GM cultivation ‘loophole’ concerns: Member states mustn’t face corporate court action

Legislation on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops must be made “watertight” to avoid GM-opposing member states being taken to court, the European Parliament has urged in a European Council debate...

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