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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



April 15-18

2014 International Forum on Food Safety, Beijing, China.


April 24-26

The Official Fi Istanbul Conference 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.


May 2-3

8th Congress of the International Society of Nutrigenetics / Nutrigenomics, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Theme: "Nutrigenetics / Nutrigenomics to Optimise Health in Rapidly Aging and Culturally Diverse Populations."



May 21-23

3rd International ISEKI Food Conference, Athens, Greece.



May 26-29

Novel Approaches in Food Industry - International Food Congress - NAFI 2014, Kusadasi, Turkey.



June 2-6

Joint International Conference on Engineering Education & International Conference on Information Technology (ICEE/ICIT 2014), Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia.



June 5-6

8th World Congress on Polyphenols Applications 2014. Lisbon, Portugal



June 10-12

Beverage Indredients Forum 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands.



June 12-13

14th International Conference on Oxidative Stress Reducation, Redox Homeostasis and Antioxidants: Clinical Advances - Challenges - Advances. Paris, France.



June 12-13

Food Innovation Asia, Bangkok, Thailand.



June 21-24

IFT Annual Meeting



June 22-25

Australia Institute of Food Science and Technology Annual Meeting



July 3-4

8th World Congress on Diabetes and Obesity 2014. Theme: Strategies, Innovations and Challenges. Riga Stradins University, Riga, Latvia.



August 17-21

17th World Congress of Food Science and Technology, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Theme: “Research that Resonates”.



August 21-24

The 6th Asian Congress of Dietetics, Taipei, Taiwan.



August 30-3 September

ICSU General Assembly



September 7-9

7th International Whey Conference. Beurs-World Trade Center, Beursplein 37, 3001 DB Rotterdam, The Netherlands.



September 7-10

EuroSense 2014: A Sense of Life. 6th European Conference on Sensory and Consumer Research. Bella Center, Copenhagan, Denmark.



September 23-25

Fi Global Summit 2014, London, England.



October 15-17

1st Congress on Food Structure Design. Porto, Portugal.



November 20-21

1st World Congress on Antioxidants and Chemical Industries. Berlin, Germany.



November 25-28

28th EFFoST International Conference, Uppsala, Sweden.



December 1-3

2nd International Conference on Agricultural and Food Enginerring - CAFEi 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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December 2-4

Hi and Ni Euope Conference 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands.



December 8-9

Ditigal Olfaction Society 2nd World Congress on Olfaction and Issues. Tokyo Institute of Technology, Toyko, Japan.





June 14-18

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




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