GMOs approval stalls in Uganda despite successful field trials

UGANDA – Ugandan scientists have struggled to progress their Genetically Modified (GM) crop research beyond confined field trials (CFTs) thanks to lack of biosafety regulations to guide GM crops commercialization. This has led scientists developing an improved GM maize variety that is drought-tolerant and insect-resistant at Uganda’s National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), to halt their research and destroy their results. “We have completed confined field trials for Bt maize, but we cannot apply for environmental release because we don’t have a law to guide usage of Genetically Modified Organisms…

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Canada’s Northern Analytical Lab Services attains ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation

CANADA – The Northern Analytical Lab Services (NALS) at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) has achieved a major milestone, as it has now met international standards for testing labs. NALS has received accreditation from the Standards Council Canada to the International Organization for Standards, ISO/IEC 17025, for testing and calibration laboratories. This accreditation signifies the lab can produce and provide reliable water, soil and air test results for both UNBC researchers and external stakeholders. “This accreditation will open up a lot of doors for us for research partnerships…

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IAEA, ISO avow partnership continuity during 40th anniversary

GLOBAL – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) heads have reaffirmed their commitment to continue working together in the development of international standards that will ensure nuclear technology provides its indispensable benefits to the world in a safe and secure manner. This comes as the two organizations mark the 40th anniversary of the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between them. The MoU signed by the IAEA and ISO in 1981 sets out guidelines for their cooperation and regular consultation on matters…

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Crown Flour Mill Ltd acquires FSSC 22000 certification

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s Crown Flour Mill Ltd (CFM), one of the top 10 millers in the world, have received the Food Safety System Certification, FSSC 22000 certification. FSSC 22000 is designed to help organizations establish and continually improve their control and management of food safety. It fully incorporates the International Organization for Standardization’s, ISO 22000 management system, with sector specific prerequisite program and additional FSSC 22000 requirements. This ensures recognition by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) which demonstrates that the Scheme meets the highest standards globally, leading to international…

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South African scientists call for increased GMO adoption in continent

SOUTH AFRICA – South African scientists are urging governments across the continent to take concrete actions to enhance the acceptability and adoption of genetically modified organisms (GMO) — a move they say could unlock the region’s vast food potential. The scientists issued their call based on research they conducted in Africa and published in the journal Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews. They determined that Africa stands to benefit a great deal from biotechnological innovations, such as growing GMO crops. These include increased yields, better resistance to pests and diseases, enhanced…

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