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Obesity not just the domain of India’s wealthy classes, report finds

Plus: India readies to combat malnutrition through fortification programme; Food processing minister calls for FDI in produce retailing; and e-Commerce start-up brings ayurvedic formulation to an app.

Brown seaweed extract battles cancer

Health evidence for fucoidan stacks up as a new Australian study finds that the seaweed polysaccharide has potential to battle Helictobacter pylori-related diseases and gastric cancer through an anti-adhesion mechanism.

UK government:‘There is no one definition of sustainable palm oil’

Legally defining sustainability: Edible palm oil must follow in biofuel footsteps

Voluntary measures and government targets are great – but it is legislation that will push European palm oil users to true sustainability. The food sector could learn a lesson or two from biofuel here.

Could kimchi reduce the risk of eczema?

Increased intakes of fermented foods like kimchi and beer are associated with significantly reduced risks of atopic dermatitis (eczema), says a new study from Korea.

Analysis reveals big costs savings for DHA supplements during pregnancy

Supplementing pregnant mothers with DHA omega-3 could lead to significant costs savings for patients and healthcare systems, according to a new analysis from Australia.

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New Zealand Hepatitis A cases linked to frozen berries

Imported frozen berries have been implicated after reports of four cases of Hepatitis A, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand.

Northern Ireland pork gets China export approval

Northern Ireland pork has won provisional approval for export to China in a deal, said to be worth up to £10M a year to the economy.

China direct

Up to 1m cattle to be cloned a year at new Tianjin facility

Plus: Fitch: Long-term restructuring forces grocery chains to delist; China drives global baby food growth; and China’s youth obesity rate worsens.

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