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Review offers chance to co-operate with global complementary community

As Australian authorities review the way they regulate complementary medicines, they could uncover a real opportunity to implement more harmonisation between countries. It just needs to be found if this could be done practically.

Friday feature

The Hills CEO: Shipping cider to England is like selling sand to Saudi

The Australian cricket team will not be the only Australian icon on British shores this northern summer. The Hills Cider Company, South Australia’s largest producer of artisan ciders, has sent its first shipment of cider there in time for its nation’s cricketers—among the biggest rivals in world sport—to do battle...

India

Funding freeze adds to Greenpeace’s woes as more states okay GM trials

With Greenpeace India reeling after a government-led block to its funding, the number of state governments that have voiced their approval for field trials of genetically-modified crops has grown to eight—a notable success for the new government.

Aussie dairy Lion opens 'largest specialty cheese facility in the Southern hemisphere'

Australian food and beverage firm Lion has opened what it claims is now the largest specialty cheese manufacturing facility in the Southern hemisphere.

Special Edition: Outsourcing

Transparency could be the 1st step towards greater consistency in testing methods & labs: Experts

Third-party labs that keep their testing information proprietary to gain a competitive advantage may actually be harming their business, say leading experts calling for more transparency in the analytical sector.

Region in focus

Dateline Southeast Asia

Round-up of the last seven days in Southeast Asia: Malaysia joins the food secure; Jokowi’s self-sufficiency dream dashed; Counterfeit rice causing concern; Mondelēz sustainability programme operational

Finnish dairy Valio seals Australian lactose-free milk powder distribution deal

Finnish dairy Valio has sealed a deal that will give Australian manufacturers "easy access" to its low-lactose and lactose-free milk powders.

Fonterra's impact on New Zealand dairy industry competition to be investigated

The New Zealand Commerce Commission is to investigate Fonterra's impact on competition in the country's dairy sector.