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FSSAI looks to legal firms to form new regulatory guidelines

Plus: Over 30% of indians suffering from potbelly abdominal obesity; India and Australia to collaborate on NCD prevention; Industry to partner government in promoting Indian brands overseas; and Now food ‘self-sufficient’, Bangladesh companies should now focus on nutrition.

Australia

Oz nutraceuticals exports grow by over one-third in last two years

Australia’s natural health lobby has welcomed the latest data that shows Australian complementary medicines exports to Asia have more than doubled in the last year.

Green-lipped mussels move from pharma to food with seafood seasoning

German pharmaceutical company, Pharmalink, is moving from pharma to food with a contaminant-free seafood flavouring made from green-lipped mussels.

Great expectations for Russian and Ukrainian wheat, rain helps Australian crop

The production estimate for the 2015/16 global wheat crop is 720.3 metric tons (Mt), according to a report from the International Grains Council (IGC), released late last week.

Crown celebrates Singapore’s 50th birthday with metal can packaging designs

Crown Holdings has been supporting local and international brands with packaging designs to mark Singapore’s 50th birthday (SG50) this year.

China direct

12.5% of beverages failed Chinese inspections in first-half of year

Plus: Chinese GM foods ‘as safe as traditional foods’, says agriculture ministry; New production plants underway for Coca-Cola; Basketball star brings ‘differentiated’ energy drink to Hong Kong and Macau; and Hong Kong to review online food sales regulations.

Vitamin D cuts asthma exacerbation by 74% in children: Review

Vitamin D supplementation may cut the risk of asthma exacerbation in children but it does not impact respiratory infections in healthy children, a review has found.

Predictions

The top three trends shaping Asian convenience retail

Leading convenience retailers in Asia generated more than US$130bn in sales in 2014, through a combination of higher sales from existing stores, as well as significant new-store expansion, according to research carried out by UK-based IGD Retail Analysis.

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