U.S. raises concern over the Mexico’s anti-GMO farm policies

U.S. farm and trade officials raised its concern over Mexico’s agricultural biotechnology policies in meetings with their Mexican counterparts, as lingering disagreements threaten decades of booming corn trade between the neighbors. Washington’s concerns center on the Mexican president’s push to ban biotech corn, or varieties developed with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), from entering Mexico if it is destined for human consumption. The United States accounts for most of Mexican corn imports. “We made it clear today that if this issue is not resolved, we will consider all options, including taking…

Intrinsic Heat Stability of a Phytase

An additional criterion for a good phytase – Lode Nollet, Huvepharma. Summary The biochemical characterisation of a phytase such as pH profile, pepsin resistance, speed and affinity, can provide information on the potential efficacy of the phytase  in vivo. The focus on improvement of the intrinsic heat stability has been driven by the market and forms part of the selection criteria. Introduction Exogenous added phytase in feed is already in practice for more than 25 years. It is used to liberate phosphorous (P), bound to phytate present in raw materials,…

The implementation of Animal Health Standards through a Data Lens: OIE

The first-ever Annual Report stemming from the Observatory of the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) provides an encompassing view on the implementation of international standards on animal health and welfare by its Members.  WOAH international standards provide guidance on a wide range of aspects related to disease prevention and control, animal welfare and veterinary public health. They also contribute to ensuring the safe and fair international trade of animals and animal products. With these goals in mind, our Organization regularly draws on the latest advances in science to make sure that…

The implementation of Animal Health Standards through a Data Lens : OIE

The first-ever Annual Report stemming from the Observatory of the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) provides an encompassing view on the implementation of international standards on animal health and welfare by its Members.  WOAH international standards provide guidance on a wide range of aspects related to disease prevention and control, animal welfare and veterinary public health. They also contribute to ensuring the safe and fair international trade of animals and animal products. With these goals in mind, our Organization regularly draws on the latest advances in science to make sure that…

Criteria for selecting a Fast Phytase

Lode Nollet, Global Product Manager Enzymes, Huvepharma What are the criteria to select a good phytase? Why select the fastest phytase? The importance of pH profile, pepsin resistance and speed (PPS) has shown to be critical to yield a fast phytase with reliable matrix values and superdosing properties.  The main reason for using an exogenous added  phytase in feed is to liberate phosphorous (P), bound as phytate, in raw materials. This does not  only lead to a lower feed cost by reducing the amount of added inorganic P, but also…

Eggs are a “Healthy Food” – FDA proposed New Definition

 “Eggs are a ‘healthy food,’ according to a new proposed definition released today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ‘This proposed definition is more good news for egg lovers as it affirms the science showing that eggs are an all-around nutrient powerhouse, supplying nutrients such as choline, vitamin D, and essential fatty acids that are necessary for healthy living,’ says Emily Metz, president and CEO of the American Egg Board. This new proposed definition aligns with current scientific research and the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans by removing the…

ICAR’s Training program on “Advanced biotechnological approaches to augment productivity in poultry for ensuring food and nutritional security” held at Hyderabad

International Livestock Research Institute and ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad collaborative five-day training program on “Advanced biotechnological approaches to augment productivity in poultry for ensuring food and nutritional security” was inaugurated at ICAR-DPR. The Chief Guest, Dr. Bhupendra Nath Tripathi, Deputy Director General (Animal Science) applauded the alliance between ILRI and ICAR and appreciated the progress made in different collaborative projects. He complimented the team for organizing this training programme for the young faculty members of the NARS system at this juncture where characterization of the livestock and poultry of…