The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published scientific opinions on environmental risk assessments of GMO plants and the assessment of potential impacts of GM plants on non-target organisms. The documents will serve as basis for discussions between the EU Commission, member States and stakeholders on the further development and updating of environmental guidance with regard to GMOs.

LUCKNOW: In what could come as a major relief to banana traders in the state, the Centre has finally cleared the air on which chemicals qualify as `safe' for artificially ripening bananas.

With this, nearly 1,800 tonnes of bananas could find safe passage into the state every day. In Lucknow alone, an average of 20 trucks over 240 tonne containing bananas are off loaded daily.

LUCKNOW: In the fierce tussle over who shall have the overriding powers to decide

Mumbai: Maharashtra

New Delhi: Soon, there will be strict standards for energy drinks like Red Bull, which are fast catching the fancy of youth for fighting fatigue

Mumbai: In a clear violation of a 2008 amendment to the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act banning energy drinks with caffeine content more than 145 parts per million (ppm), the import and distribution of these drinks continues unabated.

A commonly used drug to treat Type II diabetes, Byetta, has come under the scanner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which says that it causes kidney problems including kidney failure in patients.

Khomba Singh NEW DELHI
FROM Tuesday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will halve the grace period it extends to drug makers globally who are found wanting in maintaining production standards and fast track actions against violators and exoneration of those who take prompt corrective measures.

Mumbai: Watch out before you take the next swig of your favourite canned energy drink. You may be gulping down more caffeine than what is approved.