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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



January 26-30

5th International Advanced Course, Advanced Food Analysis, Wageningen, Netherlands

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January 28-30

The International Conference on Electrical and Bio-medical Engineering, Clean Energy and Green Computing, Islamic Azad University, United Arab Emirates



February 9-10

Oilseed Congress Europe/MENA 2015, Barcelona, Spain



February 9-13

2nd Food Law Winter School, Wageningen, Netherlands



February 16-18

9th Annual Australia and New Zealand Sensory and Consumer Science Symposium, Waiheke Island, New Zealand



February 17-18

Bakery Innovation European Conference 2015, Munich, Germany



February 22-25

3rd ICC Latin American Cereal and Grain Conference and ICC Jubilee Conference '60 Years of ICC', Florianopolis, Brazil

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February 23-26

7th Training School of Bioencapsulation, Strasbourg, France



March 17-19

4th International Conference on Food Digestion, Naples, Italy



March 23-25

IDF Symposium on Sheep, Goat and other than Cow Milk, Limassol, Cyprus



March 23-27

EuroFir Food Forum, Brussels, Belgium



March 24-25

9th European PhD Workshop on Food Engineering and Technology, Utzwil, Switzerland



March 24-27

Anuga FoodTec, Cologne, Germany



April 15-16

ICA Conference - Life Science Graduates Fit for Europe, Vienna, Austria


April 22-23

Health Grain for a Health Diet, Nuthetal, Germany



May 19-22

9th Fruit, Nut and Vegetable Production Engineering Symposium, Milan, Italy



June 1-3

6th International Dietary Fibre Conference 2015, DF 2015, Paris, France



June 14-18

International Congress on Engineering and Food (ICEF), Quebec, Canada



June 24-25

2015 ASEAN Food Conference, Pasay City, Philippines



June 25-26

'Universities' Global Challenges: Nutritional Security and Environmental Sustainability For Human Health, Kaslik, Lebanon



July 11-14

Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo, Chicago, USA



August 10-12

4th International Conference and Exhibition on Food Processing and Technology, London, United Kingdom



August 11-13

48th Annual AIFST Convention and 15th Australian Food Microbiology Conference, Sydney, Australia



September 6-9

21st SAAFoST Biennial International Congress and Exhibition, Durban Kwazulu Natal, South Africa



September 6-10

1st World Congress on Electroporation and Pulsed Electric Fields in Biology, Medicine and Food and Environmental Technologies, Portoroz, Slovenia



September 16-18

5th MoniQA International Conference, Porto, Portugal



October 7-9

INNOVA 2015, Montevideo, Uruguay



October 18-21

100th AACC International Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, USA



October 28-30

3rd International Conference on Food Structures, Digestion and Health, Wellington, New Zealand



November 2-4

3rd Conference on Biotechnology and Breeding, Berlin, Germany



November 3-6

7th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis, Prague, Czech Republic



December 2-4

Hi Europe and Ni 2015, Natural Ingredients 2015, Paris, France




June 26-29

ISOPOW 13, Lausanne, Switzerland



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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IUFoST supports Intermarché Campaign against Food Waste

Intermarché's consumer campaign 'Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables' is changing how we see 'odd' shaped fruits and vegetables. A great way to reduce Food Waste and Losses!


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