Ghana nods import of genetically engineered Bt cowpea

GHANA – Ghana’s National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has ticked the import and use of genetically engineered (GE) Bt cowpea event 709A culminating a process which begun in 2008. The Authority had in March sought public opinion to enable them make an informed decision in the approval process. The GM crop is expected to help farmers dramatically reduce their use of…

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Neogen to expand Lansing Michigan food safety facility

U.S – Michigan-based international food safety company Neogen Corporation has held a ceremonial groundbreaking in anticipation of approvals on a U.S$ 70 million expansion of their Lansing, Michigan, food safety facility. President and Chief Executive Officer John Adent was joined by City of Lansing Mayor Andy Schor, as well as Neogen Executives and Board of Directors members for the ceremony,…

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USDA integrates Salmonella quantification testing in regional laboratories

U.S – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has integrated Salmonella quantification testing in its Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS)  regional laboratories, as part of its new approach to handling Salmonella in poultry. In June, the USDA announced that it was rethinking its approach to Salmonella in poultry based on a review of data from 2015 to 2020…

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HYDRAC extends nuclear techniques expertise to cocoa, coffee sector

CAMEROON – HYDRAC, a Douala-based local company with a long history of using nuclear techniques for testing in the oil and gas sector, has begun to offer tests for chemical residues and contaminants in cocoa and coffee. Cocoa production represents over 8% of Cameroon’s agricultural output, but exports have been wabbly as a result of a lack of quality control…

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