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Far East digest

Taiwan FDA cracks down on imports from Fukushima

Also: Japanese exports picking up speed in Hong Kong; Calorific information now required for drinks mixed on premises in Taiwan; Japan’s stance on trans fats criticised by labelling officials; and Givaudan expands into Tokyo

China direct

Grandparents largely to blame for China’s spiking childhood obesity

Also: Treatment sees dramatic results in genetically obese children; and Mérieux opens microbiota research lab in Guangzhou

Danone to swap Dumex China infant formula unit for larger stake in Mengniu

Danone plans to use proceeds from the proposed sale of its Dumex China infant formula business to increase its stake in Mengniu.

Emerging markets

‘India’s first aerated chocolate’: Mondelēz brings bubbly platform to fastest growing emerging market

Mondelēz International has launched what it claims is India’s first aerated chocolate by bringing Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk Bubbly to the world’s fastest growing chocolate market.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Quarter of a million tonnes of food wasted during Ramadan in Malaysia

Plus:Philippines government says no to lifestyle disease inquiry; Singapore businesses pressed into giving hi-tech customer service; and Cambodian food safety law draws nearer.

News in brief

Cargill helps launch Indian food safety imitative

Cargill has launched a food safety awareness initiative in India sharing it is a shared responsibility of farmers, the food industry, regulators and consumers.

Smart Wine Bottle tackles counterfeit in Chinese market

A ‘Smart Wine Bottle’ is being used to help a wine company ensure its authentic products are reaching consumers in China, rather than counterfeit goods.

Replacing sugary drinks with artificially sweetened ones unlikely to reduce type 2 diabetes risk, study says

Nearly two million people in the U.S. will develop type 2 diabetes in the next 10 years if the current consumption of sugar sweetened beverages remains constant, predict a team of international researchers. 

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