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Dateline Southeast Asia

Obesity rate growing faster in Asean than in weighty Western countries

Plus: New Singapore food regulations come into effect; US investor sells last of its shares in Vietnam’s biggest F&B brand; Singapore company offers monitoring service for packaging laws; and Philippines opens innovation centre to take food development to the provinces.

Nestlé debuts alcohol-inspired sake KitKat in Japan

Nestlé Japan has added Nihon-shu, aka Japanese sake, to its Kit Kat regional flavor line.

RSPO to crack down on ‘palm oil free’ labels

The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) will crack down on member companies claiming to have removed palm oil for environmental reasons.

Imported food from countries with low GDP poses higher safety risks – study

Risk estimates for food imported into the US show a clear distinction between high- and low- risk countries and product types, according to an analysis of federal import violations data.

Syngenta supports $43bn sale to ChemChina

Syngenta announced Wednesday that it is in favor of a $43bn purchase offer from ChemChina.

China's slowdown hits second-biggest pork company

Yurun Food, China’s number-two pork player, continues to go through turbulent times, with some industry watchers forecasting a sell-off of company assets this year to get the firm back on track, after a massive investment in real estate has exposed the firm to large debt piles, which it is struggling...

This week Down Under

Kiwi grocers come out in praise of TPP ahead of its Auckland signing

Plus: Australian retail growth continues in spite of difficult economic headwinds; Company case study: Closed supply chain key to clean, green food exports; and Sweet-toothed Aussie youngsters build platform for chocolate spreads.

How can food grown on Mars boost food security on Earth?

Dutch researchers have launched a crowdsourcing appeal for a project that will analyse the safety and nutrient content of food grown on Martian and lunar soil -  and the findings could prove useful for life on Earth too, they say.

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