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Food insecurity: Chinese meat consumption grows 400% in 40 years

Plus: Chinese exports decline 6% year on year; Slow China growth hits Yum Brands global results; and Inner Mongolia developing into a mine for ‘brain gold’.

Far East digest

Farmers get TPP concessions to boost chances deal being ratified

Plus: Taipei reviews food-safety in record time; Nippon Shokubai gets halal certification for sodium polyacrylates; and JGC signs up for Japan-themed business park in India.

China imports of maize forecast to grow substantially to meet industrial pig production demands

As China’s meat production industrializes, feed grain demand will jump significantly, and will require the Asian giant to source feedstocks, particularly maize, on the international market, forecasts Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) in a new report.

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France and Japan to cooperate on food safety

France and Japan have signed a cooperation agreement around food safety.

News in brief

Korean player Daesang moves on EU omega-3 market

Korean food giant Daeseng wants to enter the EU omega-3 market and has applied for novel foods approval for an algae-derived DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).

Eating insects poses no special risks for humans

Edible insects pose no special risks to human health – when consumed directly or used as stock feed – according to a new risk assessment from the European food safety watchdog.

a2 Milk Company seeks to raise NZ$43m to finance international growth

The a2 Milk Company (a2MC) is seeking to raise NZ$43m (US$28.5m) to support growth in Australia, New Zealand and key international markets.

Middle Eastern nutraceutical market to break $9bn in 2015

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) nutraceuticals market will be worth US$9.1bn this year, with growth set to accelerate up to 2020, according to a new report from Future Market Insights.

Report slashes Halal growth forecast

Thompson Reuters has cut its growth forecast for the global Halal food market, saying the market will grow to just under US$1.6tn by 2020, instead of 2018 as predicted last year.

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