International standards organisation ASTM International is developing a new standard to classify microorganisms aimed at giving more detailed information beyond whether they are genetically modified (GM) or not.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will not object to the use of certain qualified health claims claiming that consuming eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA) omega 3 fatty acids in food or dietary supplement may reduce the risk of hypertension and coronary heart disease.
A US judge has said he would reduce an US$80M damage award against German chemicals group Bayer to US$50M or less, in a case where a jury ruled the company’s glyphosate weedkiller as a “substantial factor” in causing a man’s cancer, Reuters reported on 3 July.
Indonesia began testing B30 biodiesel on 13 June but ship owners are opposed to the higher blend, citing higher operating costs and poor performance in engines, according to a Jakarta Post report on 19 June.
German chemicals firm Bayer AG has promised to invest US$5.6bn in weed killer research as it fights to repair its reputation in the wake of three multi-million dollar verdicts against it linking its Roundup glyphosate pesticide with cancer.
Malaysia has struck a palm oil barter deal with China, in which it will export an additional ¥1bn (US$144M) worth of palm oil (about 200,000 tonnes) to the country, said Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok.
French agro-industrial group Avril has seen a notable recovery in the second half of 2018, after cutting its biodiesel production and seed crushing at the start of the year due to an influx of Argentine biodiesel into Europe.