The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is consulting on its statement on how to conduct and describe the whole genome sequence (WGS) analysis of microorganisms added to food and feed. The document provides guidance to applicants who wish to place such products on the market.
The use of these microorganisms, such as bacteria, in food and feed requires authorization, which is based on EFSA’s risk assessment. In some areas, the use of WGS-based data is a requirement for risk assessment and therefore applicants need to use this new tool to prepare their applications. The deadline for submitting comments is February 28.
On February 10, U.S. President Donald Trump released his proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year, which came in at a record high of $4.8 trillion.
According to Reuters, South Africa’s Competition Commission has conditionally approved PepsiCo’s $1.7 billion acquisition of food and drinks producer Pioneer Food Group, saying it is unlikely to lessen competition in relevant markets.
According to Reuters, the United States and Kenya have agreed to launch negotiations that could lead to the first U.S. bilateral trade deal with a sub-Saharan African country.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its latest annual update on the presence of African swine fever (ASF) in the European Union. In 2019, the area of the European Union affected by ASF expanded progressively, moving southwest.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) opened the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) application portal on Jan. 1, 2020, for the benefit period between Oct. 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021.