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Genetically Modified Foods



This issue of The World of Food Science provides an update on several aspects of genetically modified (GM) or genetically engineered foods, a topic that still creates some controversy among some consumers and for some governments. Eight papers and reports are provided on:

• GM foods in Africa (Aworh)

• GM plants (Guertler and Busch)

• Brazil GMO regulatory scenario (Souza)

• Colombia GMO adoption (Jaramillo and Castano, in Spanish with English abstract)

• Biotechnology (Ahrne)

• South African GM food safety (Gouws and Groenewald)

• GM stories (SAAFoST)

• GMOs perception (Tamayo, in Spanish with English abstract).


Other features of this volume include:

Focus article:

o Donna Cawthorn and Louw Hoffman discuss meat substitution in South Africa


Food Security Update: Charles Aworh discusses promoting food security by value-added processing of indigenous fruits; the work of the World Food Prize Laureates for 2013 are outlined; and George Abong briefly reports on a UNEP conference in Kenya.


Association News: Alastair Hicks reports on progress with formation of food science and technology associations in Myanmar and Cambodia; and we reproduce an ISFE interview with food engineer Walter Spiess


International Regulatory Update: Alan Randell reports on the Codex 50th anniversary; and John Lupien reports on the 45th CCFA meeting.


Calendar of Events: an update of forthcoming conferences and events in food science and technology throughout the globe.


Comments are welcome: contact Ken Buckle ( or Judith Meech ( with contributions or suggestions.





The next volume will cover aspects of Nanotechnology and Foods.


  • News Headlines
  • Reports & Summaries
  • Calendar of Events




May 15-17

Sense Asia 2016. Shanghai, China.



June 26-29

ISOPOW 13, Lausanne, Switzerland



July 16-19

77th Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food Expo, Chicago, USA



July 26-29

4th ISEKI Food Conference, Vienna, Austria



August 21-25

IUFoST World Congress - 18th World Congres of Food Science and Technology, Dublin, Ireland

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September 11-14

Eurosense 2016. Dijon, France.


September 21-23

Fi Asia-Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia

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October 19-21

Food Factory 2016, Laval, France

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November 29 to December 1

Hi Europe and Ni 2016, Natural Ingredients 2016, Frankfurt, Germany

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