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Australia

Abbott government eyes complementary healthcare for deregulation

Tony Abbott’s crusade to cut Australian bureaucratic red tape will now target the complementary medicines industry by considering a greater acceptance of international standards.

NPD category busters: From ‘Teagurt’ to coffee fruit energy to Milo expansion

From tea yoghurt to coffee fruit energy, portable water enhancement  to Milo’s brand expansions, Mintel shared category-busting innovation at Food Ingredients-Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia, this week.

Australia

Australian regulator accuses Coles of malpractice in new legal action

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has initiated fresh legal proceedings against Coles over the supermarket giant’s alleged unsavory commercial practices with its suppliers.

Source of Yersinia outbreak remains unclear

The source of an outbreak of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis which has sickened at least 127 people in New Zealand remains unclear, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Indonesia

Indonesia’s plantation war with foreign conglomerates continues

Indonesia is continuing its fight against the foreign domination of its plantation industry and, in particular, crude palm oil (CPO). The net result is more uncertainty over the status of foreign interests, similar to what has happened in its mining industry over recent years.

Tackling toxins: Probiotic yoghurt provides mercury detox

Governments might not want to admit it, but according to a leading academic in microbiology and probiotics, there is demand for probiotic products with detoxification properties that can help protect against uptake of toxic metals such as mercury and arsenic.

State of food and agriculture

Crucial to food security, family farms need greater support

Nine out of 10 of the world's 570m farms are managed by families, making the family farm the predominant of agriculture, and consequently a potentially crucial agent of change in achieving sustainable food security and in eradicating hunger in the future, according to a new report by the UN’s Food...

Frito-Lay Japan develops flurry of limited edition snacks

Frito-Lay Japan has developed an array of limited edition snacks for October, from avocado and cheese tortilla chips to burdock and soy flavored extruded snacks.

Spotlight

HI-Japan show wrap: Ageing (& shrinking) population forces government-led nutrition rethink

HI-Japan show wrap: Ageing (& shrinking) population forces government-led nutrition rethink

Japan has always led the world in functional food experimentation even if the results of most of...

China pledges millions to support food security, agri-sustainability
China

China pledges millions to support food security, agri-sustainability

China has announced a US$50m donation to the Food and Agriculture Organisation to support the UN body’s...

EU on charm offensive as Asean gears up for regulatory harmonisation
Opinion

EU on charm offensive as Asean gears up for regulatory harmonisation

To a backdrop of the Asean regulatory harmonisation process, a number of European Union officials have descended...

Smelly science: Only Japan nose what aromas will come next
Japan

Smelly science: Only Japan nose what aromas will come next

The pace of innovation refuses to slow down in Japan, a nation known for its wild tastes,...

Over half of food inspections in mainland China failed last quarter
China

Over half of food inspections in mainland China failed last quarter

Orders for food inspections in mainland China—almost half of which have failed—have increased at a fast rate...

World’s only salmon placenta taps into Asia’s halal anti-ageing market
Japan

World’s only salmon placenta taps into Asia’s halal anti-ageing market

Japan’s second biggest island, Hokkaido in the north of the country, is known across Asia as being...

Forgotten for a millennium, beneficial Gobi herb is making a comeback
China

Forgotten for a millennium, beneficial Gobi herb is making a comeback

In the harsh landscape of China’s northwest in the Gobi, where temperatures can fluctuate by 90 degrees...

'It's a great change...': Japanese food industry readies for new health claim laws in 2015

'It's a great change...': Japanese food industry readies for new health claim laws in 2015

Japan’s innovative but restricted €25bn functional foods and food supplements sector is about to be handed a...

Young binge drinkers risk compounding mental health issues
Australia - feature

Young binge drinkers risk compounding mental health issues

Research has shown that binge drinking by youngsters with existing mental health issues can risk exacerbating their...

Kiwis gaining six hours’ life expectancy a day, but are still too fat
New Zealand

Kiwis gaining six hours’ life expectancy a day, but are still too fat

New Zealanders have never been healthier in terms of heart disease, with death rates plummeting since the...

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