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New Zealand

Obesity could make breast cancer treatment less effective

Obesity could make breast cancer treatment less effective

Obesity may affect a common drug that is used as part of the treatment to fight breast cancer in post-menopausal women.

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Australia

Maggie Beer forced to amend misleading labels after ACCC wins action

The celebrity chef at the centre of an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) ruling on misleading labelling has apologised to consumers and claimed the transgression was an innocent mistake.

Tata Global Beverages: Greenpeace pesticide study ‘confirms tea brands safe to drink’

Hindustan Unilever India and Tata Global Beverages insist their teas comply with legal standards and are safe to drink after Greenpeace said it found illegal pesticide traces in popular Indian tea brands.

Tea Board of India attacks ‘sensational’ Greenpeace wording in pesticide row

The Tea Board of India has attacked Greenpeace for ‘sensational’ wording in a report claiming teas sold by the likes of Unilever and TATA Global Beverages contain illegal pesticide residues.

Clariant to develop Australian market with masterbatches plant

Construction has begun on a Clariant masterbatches plant in Sydney, Australia, to open in the fourth quarter 2014.

India

‘Unlawful’ FSSAI advisory killed off by Supreme Court

Another court decision, another defeat for India’s food regulator. This time, the Supreme Court has stayed Bombay High Court’s earlier judgement to quash a controversial product advisory issued by the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on imported food items.

'NO EVIDENCE OF AN IMMINENT THREAT': CARLSBERG

Carlsberg steps up security at Malaysian brewery on Islamic State attack threat

Carlsberg tells BeverageDaily.com it is maintaining heightened security at its Malaysian brewery near Kuala Lumpur, after sympathizers of terrorist organization Islamic State told police they had planned to attack the facility.

Australia-China

Sweet sorghum research project could ‘revitalise the sugar industry’

A joint project between researchers in Queensland and China to derive sugars from sorghum could result in extraordinary social, economic and environmental benefits for future generations.

Chr. Hansen wins landmark probiotics health claim in South Korea

Bioscience company Chr. Hansen’s Urex product has become the first probiotic to win an approved health claim in South Korea.

Global Industry News

National Research Council to unveil findings of 'independent, objective examination' of GE crops in 2016 from FoodNavigator-USA.com

The National Research Council (NRC) is conducting an "independent, objective examination of what has been learned since the introduction of genetically engineered (GE) crops, based on current evidence".

'DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE LACK OF MILLENNIALS AT NAPA VALLEY TASTINGS,' RESEARCHERS WARN

‘Don’t miss the point with US millennials’, Wine Intelligence warns industry from BeverageDaily.com

Wine Intelligence believes the millennial impact on the current US wine market has been overstated but says only those firms that cater for their future buying habits will survive.

Cambridge University and mystery industry backer to explore heat tolerant chocolate from ConfectioneryNews.com

Scientists at the University of Cambridge are to research how to keep chocolate from melting in hot, tropical regions.

Organic health claims 'worryingly overstated' from FoodManufacture.co.uk

A report claiming that organic crops are more nutritious than non-organic crops is not supported by the evidence, according to leading experts in the field.

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Virtual bottleshops see steady growth as more Aussies buy online
Australia

Virtual bottleshops see steady growth as more Aussies buy online

Amid news that online shopping while under the influence of alcohol is now a recognised phenomenon, a...

Businesses don’t know how to market to Chinese in the 'Asian Century'
Australia

Businesses don’t know how to market to Chinese in the 'Asian Century'

Though the terms of Australia’s approach to its “Asian Century” policy might need some finessing, there is...

Gov: 'We can weather Russian embargo', though companies voice concern
Australia

Gov: 'We can weather Russian embargo', though companies voice concern

Australia, one of the countries to suffer grave losses with the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17,...

‘Huge gaps’ identified in government’s food policy
New Zealand

‘Huge gaps’ identified in government’s food policy

New Zealand government is failing to act in 74% of its recommended food policy areas, with “major...

Should Hindus have their own religious nutritional standard?
Opinion

Should Hindus have their own religious nutritional standard?

If Muslims can have halal-certified food, and Jews can look for the kosher “K” mark, why shouldn’t...

Rampant poultry antibiotics use leading to greater bacteria resistance
India

Rampant poultry antibiotics use leading to greater bacteria resistance

The use of antibiotics in the poultry industry might largely be behind the growing number of Indians...

‘New guidelines could apply to other honeys, not just manuka’
New Zealand

‘New guidelines could apply to other honeys, not just manuka’

The manuka honey labelling guidelines released last week by the New Zealand government are not accurate, the...

Survey finds complementary healthcare industry is in good health
Australia

Survey finds complementary healthcare industry is in good health

Business confidence is strong within Australia’s complementary healthcare segment with more than eight out of 10 companies...

Hindus outraged by beef and alcohol use in Heinz juice manufacturing
India-Australia

Hindus outraged by beef and alcohol use in Heinz juice manufacturing

A prominent Hindu leader has demanded an apology from Heinz Australia, which he claims concealed the use...

Organic chief: We will discredit firms who claim false certification
Australia

Organic chief: We will discredit firms who claim false certification

The more popular organic products become, the greater the risk that fraudulent operators will ride on the...

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