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Japan’s GM dilemma

The Japanese government faces a stiff challenge in attempting to persuade a highly GM-averse population to embrace genetically modified food. But, writes Michael Fitzpatrick, it is a challenge that has to be addressed if Japan...

RUSSIA: US rice imports suspended over GMOs

RUSSIA: US rice imports suspended over GMOs

The Rosselkhoznadzor, the Russian agricultural inspection agency, announced on Friday (29 September) that it has stopped issuing quarantine permits for US rice because genetically modified rice, which had not yet passed safety tests, had been on sale in the US.

UK: Friends of the Earth to take legal action over GM rice

UK: Friends of the Earth to take legal action over GM rice

Environmental pressure group Friends of the Earth has taken the first step in mounting a legal challenge to the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) for its failure to take appropriate action to prevent illegal GM rice from being sold to the public, following the discovery of GM-contaminated rice in own-label packs sold by UK supermarket chain Morrisons.

UK: Unilever GM ice cream questioned by ISP

UK: Unilever GM ice cream questioned by ISP

Unilever has met some obstacles from anti-GM groups in seeking FSA approval for the genetically modified (GM) ice-structuring protein derived from a polar fish, ocean pout, for use in its ice cream made in the UK.

EU: EFSA committed to cooperation in GMO risk assessment

Responding to pressure for a tougher stance and increased transparency on the licensing of genetically modified organisms, the European Food Standards Agency has emphasised its commitment to cooperating with Member…

EU: EFSA convenes talks on GMOs

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) held a meeting today (16 May) in Brussels which brought together scientific representatives from the 25 European Union countries, along with Switzerland and Norway,…