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Dog days for canine meat traders amid changing Chinese attitudes

Last month massive crowds once again flocked to Yulin, in south China’s Guangxi province. Each year, on June 21, the city celebrates a dog meat festival that also attracts much public uproar and controversy. 

Dateline Southeast Asia

Brunei clarifies new halal laws for manufacturers and retailers

A Brunei government agency has clarified its position to food business operators following a recent decision to require halal certification for all foods produced and consumed in the country. 

FoodPro / AIFST Convention 2017

Food firms should stop ‘dawdling’ and address major public health problems with functional products

Health and wellness concerns will spur sales of naturally functional foods in Australia, but major food firms need to “stop dawdling” and maximize the opportunities.

Novacap’s first sodium bicarbonate plant in Asia opens in Singapore

Novacap has officially opened its standalone sodium bicarbonate plant in Singapore, the first of its kind for the French firm in Asia.

Craft in a froth after watchdog decides not to pursue beer majors

The craft brewing industry has hit out at Australia’s competition watchdog’s decision not to take action against beer majors over distribution contracts that they say shut them out of pubs and clubs.

This week Down Under

Science agency launches food ‘innovation and entrepreneurship’ roadmap

New technologies could see Australians eating algae-based sources of protein, developing allergenic-free nuts and helping the environment with edible packaging, according the the country’s government research institute.

News in brief

Food shipments halted at Chinese ports increases by 325%

Some 35,000 tonnes of imported food products failed to pass Chinese quality inspections last year, according to food safety authorities.

FoodPro / AIFST Convention 2017

Australia’s food regulation changes: ‘The good, the bad and the ugly’

The desired policy outcomes for Australian food and drink regulations are rapidly shifting away from food safety and point-of-sale information to being focused on public health and consumer rights…leading to some “good”, but other “bad and ugly” changes to the rules.

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