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Dateline Southeast Asia

Ministry: Hiked import tariffs not a means to swell Indonesian coffers

Also: Hundreds sickened after two food poisoning outbreaks in Vietnam’s south; Burma enlists ADB’s help to speed up customs inspections; and Palm oil prices lower following reduced demand for biofuels

Developing markets show more concern for environmentally sound packs than developed ones: Tetra Pak

Consumers demonstrate growing interest in environmentally sound packaging, with shoppers in developing countries wishing to secure a cleaner environment for their children, according to Tetra Pak. 

Guest article

Food industry fail? Elderly nutrition

The food industry is missing a billion euro trick when it comes to ageing population, says Lauren Bandy, senior nutrition analyst at Euromonitor International.

Skipping breakfast may put diabetics at risk of dangerous blood sugar spikes, warn researchers

Diabetics who skip breakfast may be provoking hazardous blood sugar spikes by fasting until lunch, according to new research.

H.B. Fuller to open hot melt and water-based adhesives factory in Indonesia in 2016

H.B. Fuller will open a hot melt and water-based adhesives manufacturing facility in Surabaya, Indonesia, with operations starting in the second quarter of 2016.

Mead Johnson Nutrition to pay $12m to settle SEC China bribery charges

Mead Johnson Nutrition has agreed to pay $12m (€10.9m) to settle a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation into the "promotional practices" of its Chinese business.

This week Down Under

Unhealthy Australia now one of the world’s biggest salt consumers

Plus: Chips healthier than bran cereal? Health stars suggest that may be the case; Gin gaining ground on Australia’s favourite white spirit; Supermarkets luring socially aware veggie shoppers away from markets; and The week’s regulatory activity

Lack of dairy-based fat in human diet may lead to prediabetes, dolphin study suggests

Heptadecanoic acid, a saturated fat found in dairy products, may actually help stop prediabetes in its tracks, says a National Marine Mammal Foundation study.

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