GMO and Trait Detection News

  • New CRM for genetically modified DAS-81910-7 cotton released: ERM-BF440

    The JRC released new certified reference materials (CRMs) based on genetically modified cotton. These GMO  CRMs will enable control laboratories to verify whether this cotton is present in food/feed products. Cotton seed oil is a frequently used as food/feed ingredient.The JRC developed a set of certified reference materials (CRMs) for the ...

  • USSEC Speaks Science & Sustainability to Support Soy Food Consumption in Taiwan

    USSEC is raising the voice of science and sustainability in U.S. soybean trade to Taiwan while offering consumers the choice of both genetically modified organism (GMO) and non-GMO U.S. soybeans. In 2014/2015, the United States ranked #1 with $669 million in total soybean sales to the island nation that depends on imports. Yet, consumer and political challenges to biotechnology confront U.S. ...

  • Eight things you should know about GMOs

    The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) remains controversial, which is why the EU has very strict rules and complex authorisation procedures concerning their cultivation and commercialisation. Since April 2015, EU countries are able to ban the cultivation of GMOs on their territory, but should they have the same power regarding their commercialisation? Parliament's environment committee ...


    By European Parliament

  • As seas rise, saltwater plants offer hope farms will survive

    On a sun-scorched wasteland near India's southern tip, an unlikely garden filled with spiky shrubs and spindly greens is growing, seemingly against all odds. The plants are living on saltwater, coping with drought and possibly offering viable farming alternatives for a future in which rising seas have inundated countless coastal farmlands. Sea rise, one of the consequences of climate change, now ...


    By Associated Press

  • Ohio State Partners to Create New Agricultural and Food Law Consortium

    Ohio State University Extension’s Agricultural and Resource Law program has partnered with a group of universities in the creation of a new Agricultural and Food Law Consortium that will work to research regional and national agricultural law issues. The consortium is part of and led by the National Agricultural Law Center, which is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Battle over genetically modified foods in Oregon

    Unable to find a good solution to protecting their certified organic seed crops from potential contamination from genetically engineered crops, small organic farmers in this Oregon valley are appealing to a higher power: voters. They wanted to protect their crops from being cross-pollinated by genetically modified ones, and asked voters in two counties to ban the cultivation of GMOs - a move that ...


    By Associated Press

  • Steady increase in incidents of low levels of GM crops in traded food and feed

    The increased production of genetically modified crops around the globe has led to a higher number of incidents of low levels of GMOs being detected in traded food and feed, FAO said today. The incidents have led to trade disruptions between countries with shipments of grain, cereal and other crops being blocked by importing countries and destroyed or returned to the country of origin. The trace ...

  • ASA Joins Broad-Based Coalition to Advocate for a Federal GMO Labeling Solution

    The American Soybean Association (ASA) announced on Feb. 6 that it is a member of the newly formed Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (www.CFSAF.org) and urged Congress to quickly seek a federal solution that would establish standards for the safety and labeling of food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs). “We need a federal GMO ...

  • Peru relaxes GM rules … for now

    After nine years of discussions, Peru's government has passed an agricultural biosafety regulation intended to promote biotechnological research and help the country's researchers catch up with other Latin American nations. The Biosafety Rules for the Agriculture or Forestry Sectors will regulate the research, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Organic dairy farmer albert straus speaks out against USDA’s decision on GM alfalfa

    As an organic farmer, I protest the USDA’s recent decision to approve the unregulated planting of genetically modified alfalfa. This is a ruling that seriously jeopardizes the integrity of the organic food chain, and could cause irreparable harm to organic farmers by ruining our ability to supply organic dairy foods to customers. I believe that allowing genetically modified alfalfa to be ...


    By 3BL Media

  • EMSL’s Food Testing Division Now Offers GMO Testing Services

    In an effort to further expand their food testing services, EMSL Analytical now offers analysis for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically modified foods (GMs). Genetically modified foods were first introduced to the market in the 1990s. These genetically modified foods are food products that have been derived from genetically modified organisms.  GMOs have had their DNA ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Complete Food Safety Testing Services for Restaurants, Produce Growers & Food Companies

    To ensure public safety, EMSL Analytical offers comprehensive food testing services to restaurants, farmers, manufacturers, processors, distributors and retailers of food products. Since 1981 EMSL Analytical has been offering testing services to the general public, industry and professionals from multiply industries including the health and environmental industries.  The company has grown ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • New chapter proudly sponsors first national Non-GMO month

    New Chapter, Inc., is proud to sponsor the first ever "Non-GMO Month" this October by participating in the "Celebrate your right to choose Non-GMO" campaign on Facebook. A newly developed Facebook application will educate users about GMOs and the Non-GMO Project; it will also feature brands participating in the product verification program, such as New Chapter. In addition, the Facebook campaign ...

  • New chapter becomes first Vitamins & Supplement Company verified by the Non-GMO project

    New Chapter proudly announces that its multivitamins are the first in the nation to achieve Non-GMO Project Verification. New Chapter has long been committed to rooting out Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), and is now demonstrating that commitment by pursuing Non-GMO Project verification for its entire line of whole-food vitamins, minerals and herbs. Over 75% of New Chapter's products have ...

  • Impact of volunteer GM maize on conventional crops is low

    A recent EU-supported study has analysed the development of volunteer or 'rogue' GM (genetically modified) maize plants in a conventional crop field. It finds that their numbers are low and do not exceed the EU's threshold of 0.9 per cent for incidental GM content. Scientific data on the role of maize volunteers on cross-pollination is limited. The most detailed studies have been conducted in ...

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