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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




August 25-27

Fi South America, Sau Paulo, Brazil



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 8-12

9th International Conference on Predictive Modelling in Foods (ICPMF), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



September 9-11

Fi Asia-Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand



September 15-17

Innovations in Food Packaging, Shelf Life and Food Safety, Munich, Germany



September 16-18

5th MoniQA International Conference, Porto, Portugal



September 20-23

2015 Annual Conference and Exhibition, Intewrnational Society for Nutraceuticals, and Functional Foods. Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals, Natural Health Products and Dietary Supplements. Worldhotel Grand Juna, Wuxi, China.



September 24-26

Propak Myanmar, Myanmar Event Park, Yangon. Myanmar



October 1-2

Ferg Symposium on 'The Burden of Foodborne Diseases!', Amsterdam, The Netherlands



October 7-9

INNOVA 2015, Montevideo, Uruguay



October 7-9

Fi Japan, Tokyo, Japan


October 11-14

2nd International Conference on Global Food Security, New York, USA



October 14-16

Fi and Hi India, Bombay, India



October 14-16

EFSA Expo 2015, Milan, Italy



October 18-21

100th AACC International Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, USA



October 23-28

VI International Conference on Environmental, Industrial and Applied Microbiology. Barcelona, Spain.


October 27

Food Science 2015, Singapore



October 27-28

8th McGill Conference on Global Food Security. Current Issues in Global Food Security. McGill Institute for Global Food Security, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.



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 2-5

1st International Conference on Environment, Livelihood and Services, Bangkok, Thailand



November 3-6

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



November 10-12

29th EFFoST International Conference, Athens, Greece



November 16-20

9th CIGR Section VI International Technical Symposium. Theme: “Creating Value from Bioresources through Novel Technologies”. Massey University,  Auckland Campus, Auckland, New Zealand.



November 22-25

The 6th International Conference on Food Factors (ICoFF 2015). Bioconvergence for Food Function. Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX), Seoul, South Korea. Organised by the Korean Society of Food Science and Technology.



December 2-4

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




February 28 – 2 March

2nd Food Structure and Functionality Forum Symposium. Singex, Singapore.


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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November 29 to December 1

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

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A Must See!


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