New hope for Ugandan biotech sector as scientists urge re-tabling of adoption bill

UGANDA – Ugandan scientists have issued a communique urging parliament to re-table the biotechnology adoption bill for further debate, raising new hope for the technology despite the previous disincentive regulatory climate. Faced with weather extremes, food insecurity and a fast-growing population, there is growing acceptance in Uganda for adopting innovative biotechnologies to address climate change-related agricultural challenges. Unlike its neighbor, Kenya, which has warmed up to and benefitted from biotechnology, Uganda has faced long odds, primarily due to the lack of a supportive biosafety law and low awareness about the…

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Standards Organization of Nigeria calls on stakeholders to join standardization bodies

NIGERIA – The Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has during the 2021 World Standards Day (WSD), stressed the need for stakeholders around the country to join international standardization bodies citing that standards are more relevant than ever in the pursuit of the sustainable Development Goals. The cooperation of many public and private partners and the use of all available tools, including international standards and conformity assessment are some of the requirements for attaining the sustainable development goals (SDGs) aimed at addressing social imbalances, develop a sustainable economy, and slow the…

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KEBS receives tools to augment reliability of test results

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has received certified reference materials (CRMs) in a bid to enhance quality control in analytical laboratory tests. Acting Chief Manager for testing services at KEBS, Tom Okumu described CRMs as highly characterized products with known qualities or properties. It is these properties, he added, that help in assuring the quality of results received from the laboratories. The CRMs are used for quality control in analytical testing laboratories to demonstrate and give assurance on reliability and accuracy of test results released by laboratories…

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AOAC International partners with Land O’Lakes Venture37 to bolster agriculture-led economic growth

U.S – The Association of Official Analytical Collaboration (AOAC) International, a globally recognized third party standards development organization, and Land O’Lakes Venture37, an agricultural system development projects specialist has announced that they have penned a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing a strategic partnership to bolster agriculture-led economic growth. Land O’Lakes Venture37 (Venture37) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization affiliated with Land O’Lakes Inc. Venture37 has 40 years of experience implementing more than 315 agricultural development projects in more than 80 countries around the world. Venture37’s work helps global communities through agriculture…

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US’s Florida state partners with food safety watchdog to curb foodborne disease outbreaks

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Florida has entered into a domestic mutual reliance agreement with the agency, joining California, Utah and Wisconsin states, in bid to curb foodborne illness outbreaks. Erik Mettler, assistant commissioner for partnerships and policy in the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), pointed out that foodborne illness outbreaks are largely preventable, but when one occurs it can have devastating consequences for consumers. “The FDA is committed to keeping Americans safe. As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s…

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