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China

China could be self sufficient in grain by 2024, say officials

An official report has predicted that China will develop its own "rice bowl” to remain close to self sufficiency in the main crops at a time of great food uncertainty around the world.

Coca-Cola India bottling plant halted - more water rows?

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) will no longer build a Rs. 500 crore ($80m) bottling plant in Tamil Nadu, India citing ‘inordinate delays’ in the government system, but activists from the India Resource Centre (IRC) have claimed victory for a campaign on water shortage fears. 

New Zealand

Government accused of backing adulterators after butcher convictions

New Zealand’s food ministry has been accused of “dereliction of duty” by the opposition for what the Labour party called its failure to monitor toxic chemicals in red meat.

New TCM collaboration will bring more Chinese remedies to European market

A new collaboration between SU BioMedicine and Diapharm will drive growth in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Europe by managing the registration and marketing of high quality Chinese products in Europe.

Australia

Labelling reform champion forms alliance to support family businesses

Two powerful influences in Australian industry, Family Business Australia and the Australian Made Campaign, have joined in partnership at a time when labelling is a cause of heated debate.

‘Great economical and clinical benefit’: Garlic is an ‘effective and safe approach’ for BP management, says meta-analysis

Dietary supplements with garlic (Allium sativum) may beneficially affect blood pressure for hypertensives, says a meta-analysis of 7 randomized controlled trials.

To the dark side: Cocoa polyphenol craze prompts dark chocolate shift in Japan, says Meiji

Japanese consumers are eating more dark chocolate at the expense of milk varieties as interest grows in cocoa polyphenols, says leading domestic chocolatier Meiji.

Teaching the world about wine: Wine & Spirit Education Trust wins Queen’s Award as Chinese market grows

China’s thirst for wine and spirits is accompanied by a passion to learn more about products, according to the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).