EFSA opens public consultation on proposed draft methodology for animal welfare

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a period of public consultation on the proposed draft methodology for animal welfare under the Farm to Fork Strategy, which aims to make agriculture practices in Europe more sustainable, through an integrated food policy that covers the full supply chain As part of the Farm to Fork Strategy, the EU…

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Nigeria’s National Biosafety Management Agency announces gene editing guidelines

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has announced the national guidelines on gene editing and distributed printed copies of the guidelines to the public in Abuja. Speaking at the launch, the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of NBMA, Dr. Rufus Ebegba, stressed NBMA’s dedication in ensuring that all gene-edited products in Nigeria are properly regulated. He said the NBMA act…

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EU grants Novel Food authorizations to house cricket, yellow mealworms

EUROPE – The European Union has granted Novel Food authorizations to house crickets (Acheta domesticus) and yellow mealworms (Tenebrio molitor) following a three-year evaluation process that deemed them safe for human consumption. The two insect species have been approved as high protein food ingredients across a broad range of European Food and Beverage (F&B) platforms, including multigrain bread rolls, dried…

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Saudi Arabia lifts age restrictions on Irish beef imports

SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has lifted its current restriction on the 30 months age limit for Irish cattle slaughtered for export into the Kingdom. The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue met with the leadership of the SFDA in Riyadh where agreement in principle was reached. Further technical engagement will…

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Genetic Modification to boost agricultural productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa

AFRICA – Russian experts have noted that the adoption of genetic modification (GM) technology in the Sub-Saharan African (SSA) region can help overcome most of the challenges related to agricultural productivity and food security. However, this will be better achieved through a paradigm shift rather than cumulative change. The researchers highlighted how GM technology can help to address SSA’s agricultural…

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