Friday, 12 February 2016

FRUIT LOGISTICA 2016 becomes capital of fresh produce trade for three days

FRUIT LOGISTICA 2016 becomes capital of fresh prod...

  From February 3 to 5, FRUIT LOGISTICA in Berlin is the place to be for everyone that wants to k...

Perupas shortlisted for Fruit Logistica Innovation Award

Perupas shortlisted for Fruit Logistica Innovation...

  WOW! Colourful Perupas made by Dutch company HZPC were selected by the international Fruit Logi...

Givaudan celebrates ten years of ethical sourcing

Givaudan celebrates ten years of ethical sourcing

  Givaudan is marking a milestone in its journey to sustainable natural ingredients with an event...

ChemChina to acquire Syngenta at a value of over US$ 43 billion

ChemChina to acquire Syngenta at a value of over US$ 43...

  Syngenta has announced that earlier this February ChemChina has offered to acquire the company at US...

Kiremko starts construction works at new facility

Kiremko starts construction works at new facility

  On February 1, the construction of the new Kiremko building started in a festive way in Montfoort, T...

Potato cultivation programme lifting people out of poverty in Africa

Potato cultivation programme lifting people out of pove...

  The Irish Potato Coalition is a programme set up by Vita, an Irish NGO, which works with communi...

Sensor-based systems for the potato industry exhibited at Fruit Logistica 2016

Sensor-based systems for the potato industry exhibited ...

  A new edition of the Fruit Logistica trade show is set to take place in Berlin, Germany, between Feb...

AHDB launches website to improve potato chips quality

AHDB launches website to improve potato chips quality

  With the frying trade accounting for 12% of the Great Britain potato crop, ensuring quality across t...

Snack manufacturer Ibersnacks assesses its weigher-bagger equipment

Snack manufacturer Ibersnacks assesses its weigher-bagg...

  Snack manufacturers with high production outputs to pack and large orders to fulfil are among the mo...

FAM and Stumabo launch NECST - Next Evolution in Centrifugal Slicing Technology

FAM and Stumabo laun...

  FAM Stumabo developed NECST TM, an ambitious R D proj...

Potato chips in Canada - All dressed up

Potato chips in Cana...

  If you want to try potato chips with ketchup, dill pick...

Pasteurization - It’s all about safety first

Pasteurization - It’...

  Improved shelf life for food products is essential – no...

Kiremko and Packo present new product pump

Kiremko and Packo pr...

    Dutch manufacturer Kiremko and Packo, designer and c...

Company introduces potato starch for clean label food coatings

Company introduces p...

    Eliane™ Bind 12 is a potato starch with unique propert...

Company launches new formulation of biofungicide

Company launches new...

  Marrone Bio Innovations, a U.S. provider of bio-based p...

Welsh potato growers get latest know-how on Potato Day

Welsh potato growers...

  Over 50 potato growers gathered at the County Showground ...

Chile considered robust market for American agricultural equipment

Chile considered rob...

  In the most recently released U.S. Department of Commer...

Dundee-China collaboration discovers potential ‘Achilles heel’ of potato blight

Dundee-China collabo...

  Scientists working in Scotland and China have uncovered...

SmartStor controller wins Certificate of Merit at Lamma 2016

SmartStor controller...

  Lamma 16, the first major farming event of the year too...

The South African government has rejected an application from the Agriculture Research Council (ARC) to provide genetically modified potatoes to local farmers, saying it was concerned about its safety and economic effect.
"This is probably the most significant victory of my career. For a pro-genetically modified government to refuse a commercial application on safety grounds is quite ground breaking," said the African Centre for Biosafety's director Mariam Mayet.
The centre spearheaded a campaign against the ARC's application for commercial release of its SpuntaG2 potato, which has been engineered to kill the tuber moth, a common pest that damages crops in the field and in storage.
The potato contains a gene from a common soil bacteria called Bacillus thurengensis, which interferes with the moths' digestive system, and effectively gives the crop a built-in pesticide.
Potatoes SA, fast food outlet McDonald's, and food retailers Pick n Pay and Fruit and Veg City have also expressed objections to the ARC's application, saying they were concerned about consumer choice.
McDonald's, which obtained its potatoes from McCain's, would not use genetically modified potatoes in any of its products, said its spokesman, Maredi Mogodi.
The executive council on genetically modified organisms rejected the ARC's application for a permit for commercial release of the SpuntaG2 on health, environmental and economic grounds.
According to minutes of the meeting during which the decision was made, published on the Department of Agriculture, Forests and Fisheries' website, the council was particularly concerned about the potential effect of the potatoes on the formal trade, as SA did not have segregation facilities.
It also said commercial farmers were unlikely to see a reduction in input costs, as the tuber moth was not a major factor and they would still need to spray their crop against other pests.
The council also raised concerns about the ARC's toxicity tests on animals, and the lack of data on the alteration of the potato's allergen content by the insertion of the Bacillus thurengensis gene .
ARC researcher Gurling Bothma said the decision was "disappointing". The ARC had lodged an appeal last month, and expected a decision by the end of the year .

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