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Australia

Trade groups back recommendation for extension to recycling programme

An alliance of Australian trade associations has welcomed the findings of a Council of Australian Governments (Coag) report that recommends the introduction of an industry-led national recycling and anti-litter programme, while rejecting an “unaffordable” A$8bn (US$6.5bn) alternative container deposit scheme. 

Japan

Japanese ‘mega potato’ wiped out by McDonald’s' Far East spud shortage

McDonald’s customers in Japan are facing life with smaller fry portions to go with their red snow crab croquette burgers as the company attempts to sort out problems with the potato supply chain that links its two biggest markets.

Soapbox

Finding right omega 3 and 6 ratio is key to protecting cell membranes

While many people are eager to rid themselves of as much fat as possible, there is still one part of the body really should contain a large quantity of it. Indeed, over 60% of the dry weight of the brain is made up of fats. 

News in brief

USP talks food fraud with Chinese Ministry of Agriculture

US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) laboratories has held a workshop with scientists from the China’s Ministry of Agriculture to highlight efforts on risk assessment and food quality.

Looking back on 2014: How did we do with last year’s predictions?

As 2014 draws to a close, let’s take a minute to look back and ask, how accurate was our forecast for the year? FoodNavigator looks back at its trend predictions for 2014.

The 10 key events of 2014… Our editors' selections

As we enter the twilight days of 2014 the editors of NutraIngredients-USA become a reflective bunch. A lot of things happened this year, and here is our top 10 of most important events of 2014…

From 'all-natural' claims to GMO labeling: The food litigation trends we're watching in 2015

With class action lawsuits still filed almost weekly over 'all-natural' claims, the Supreme Court casting a slide rule over Coca-Cola’s juice labels, and all eyes on Vermont as the legal row over GMO labeling heats up, 2014 was another bumper year for lawyers. FoodNavigator-USA takes a look at some of...

Festive Film

Happy Holidays 2014 from William Reed Business Media!

The holidays are fast upon us, so let’s put ‘business’ to one side and get into the festive mood. To keep in the spirit of things, we’ve got a ‘gift’ for you – enjoy. Happy Holidays!

Spotlight

‘Fatally flawed’ review puts Aus research council’s methods in doubt
Investigation

‘Fatally flawed’ review puts Aus research council’s methods in doubt

The methods of Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council have been panned after expert opinion branded...

Aus-NZ regulator paves the way for GM corn approval
Analysis

Aus-NZ regulator paves the way for GM corn approval

Having assured consumers that food derived from a genetically modified corn strain poses no health concerns, the...

Trends for 2015: Asia's mixed bag

Trends for 2015: Asia's mixed bag

Infant food manufacturers will be celebrating in China as the impact of this year's loosening of the...

End-of-year health check for complementary medicines industry
Soapbox

End-of-year health check for complementary medicines industry

Reflecting on the year that has passed, it is surprising how much has changed in the complementary...

Diabetic 'health honey' a reality thanks to nanotechnology and stevia
Malaysia

Diabetic 'health honey' a reality thanks to nanotechnology and stevia

A new hybridised pollen, developed by a former Nasa scientist, can be fed to bees to create...

Malaysia's $72m 'Beef Valley' plan results in just 20 head of cattle
Analysis

Malaysia's $72m 'Beef Valley' plan results in just 20 head of cattle

It was meant to be Malaysia’s Beef Valley, but now it’s not even Beef Alley, according to...

30% of NZ baby food contains pesticide residues
New Zealand

30% of NZ baby food contains pesticide residues

New Zealand baby food contains nearly 800 times more pesticides than baby food in Europe, according to...

Medical food to grow by 30% as firms learn how to appeal to patients

Medical food to grow by 30% as firms learn how to appeal to patients

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan has found that the global medical foods market will grow by...

Research finding could help protect global wheat crops from disease
Australia

Research finding could help protect global wheat crops from disease

A critical new understanding of the disease cycle of a wheat virus will help farmers around the...

Cutting Killer Pythons in half shows ‘social’ downsizing of sweets
Analysis

Cutting Killer Pythons in half shows ‘social’ downsizing of sweets

At a time when lunch portions are growing, sweet tooths of a certain age across the antipodes...