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China

Scandal-hit CEO brands own company's practices ‘unacceptable'

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The chief executive of OSI Group, the American owner of the meat processor under investigation by Chinese authorities for supplying expired meat to international fast-food chains including McDonald’s and KFC, has “sincerely apologised” for events over the last week.

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Australia

Oz government should copy UK’s practice of sourcing local produce

Australia should follow Britain’s lead and put in place a plan to source government-procured food from local suppliers and producers, said AusVeg, the national peak industry body for Australian vegetable and potato growers.

China

Premium brands will lead as China’s beer economy leapfrogs that of US

Now double the size of its American counterpart, China's beer market is an exciting place to be for international brewers in spite of protectionist controls put in place by its authorities.

Job cuts proposed at botulism scare impacted Fonterra Canpac plant

Fonterra has acknowledged that proposed job losses at its under-capacity Canpac packing plant can be attributed in part to last year's whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare.

China

Five arrested as meat scandal spreads to more international chains

As more American companies are embroiled in China’s latest food safety scandal, five people have been detained following a probe into a company that allegedly supplied stale meat to fast-food outlets.

Australia

Anti-doping lab now targeting Australian sports nutrition market

Now with backing from the Australian Institute of Sport, international anti-doping laboratory LGC is moving to test nutritional supplements for prohibited substances Down Under.

Southeast Asia

Young Malaysian scientists honoured for probiotics research

Probiotics research is now entering the Malaysian mainstream, according to two female Universiti Sains Malaysia students who recently received international recognition for their work.

Philippine food major buys New Zealand snack firm Griffin’s

Universal Robina Corporation (URC) has snapped up New Zealand snack giant Griffin’s Foods for NZ$700m ($606.6m) in a move it says should bolster its presence in the Asian snack sector.

Global Industry News

EU increases import duty for maize, sorghum and rye from BakeryAndSnacks.com

The European Union has set import duties for maize, sorghum and rye above zero for the first time in four years, but it shouldn't have an impact on prices anytime soon, according to an expert. 

Diageo's Captain Morgan rum rapped for implying alcohol can overcome boredom from BeverageDaily.com

Diageo rum brand Captain Morgan has again been censured by UK advertising regulator the ASA – this time for implying that alcohol can overcome boredom and is capable of changing mood.

Culinary trendwatching

Jams, jellies go beyond smearing on toast from FoodNavigator-USA.com

Whether it’s bringing bold heat, blending unusual flavors, adding a punch of superfruit or cleaning up the label, Millennials are driving food trends on the supermarket shelf and shaking up the longtime pantry staple of jams and jellies in the process, says Portland, OR-based Trailblazer Foods, one of the largest...

40% of Brits ready to try insects: Canadean report from FoodNavigator.com

Canadean asked 2000 UK consumers whether they would be willing to eat on bugs. 803 of them said they would try insects of which 127 said they would be interested in eating them regularly.

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Only 2% of Indian produce stored in adequate warehousing
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Only 2% of Indian produce stored in adequate warehousing

Almost none of India’s fresh fruit and vegetables are stored in suitable conditions after harvest, leading to...

Power paradox: Gas export growth will hammer domestic food output
Australia

Power paradox: Gas export growth will hammer domestic food output

The recent surge in the price of domestic gas will lead to a long and deep malaise...

ANZ Bank accused of abandoning farmers after splitting with sugar firm
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ANZ Bank accused of abandoning farmers after splitting with sugar firm

Early this month, in what looks like a failed attempt to save its reputation, Australia‘s ANZ Bank...

McDonald’s, KFC apologise in China’s latest food safety scare
China

McDonald’s, KFC apologise in China’s latest food safety scare

Allegations concerning the sale of expired meat by American-owned Shanghai Husi Food to the Chinese operations of...

Study: Energy drinks increase the desire to drink longer and harder
Australia

Study: Energy drinks increase the desire to drink longer and harder

Australian academics have called for greater analysis of the potential harm caused by mixing energy drinks with...

Thai food major admits to paying off journalists, but denies bribery
Thailand

Thai food major admits to paying off journalists, but denies bribery

If it wasn’t bribery, then who was it, Thais have been asking after food conglomerate Charoen Pokphand...

Half of vegetables fail to get top marks in new star labelling system
Australia

Half of vegetables fail to get top marks in new star labelling system

Not all vegetables available in Australian supermarkets will receive a top nutrition rating once a new health...

Codex sets new maximum levels for lead and arsenic
Asia

Codex sets new maximum levels for lead and arsenic

With the safety of infant formula and Asia’s reliance on rice never far from the headlines, the...

Diabetes expert: Rice is obese Malaysia's most dangerous junk food
Malaysia

Diabetes expert: Rice is obese Malaysia's most dangerous junk food

The causes behind the rise in obesity and diabetes in Asia’s most overweight country, Malaysia, are very...

Families throw out 40% of their weekly groceries, study finds
Australia

Families throw out 40% of their weekly groceries, study finds

Australian households throw out an estimated two in every five bags of groceries they buy—a trend researchers...

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