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India

Quarter of all milk adulterated, minister promises more effective laws

More than a quarter of all samples of milk taken across India are adulterated, the country’s health minister has revealed.

New Zealand

High-fibre diet improves lung health in smokers

Auckland University researchers have found that a diet that is high in fibre helps reduce harmful inflammation in the lungs of smokers.

China

Food poisoning deaths drop as authorities relax whistle-blower regs

Less people are dying of food poisoning, though more are getting sick, according to official  health figures released for the third-quarter this year.  

Saudi $52m donation helps WFP resume Syria food aid

The World Food Programme (WFP) has restarted its support for 1.7m Syrian refugees following a US$52m donation from Saudi Arabia, along with funds from other governments and donors.

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 its review of evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathy as “shoddy” and “fatally flawed” prior to its publication.

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 antipodean food regulator is now calling on the public and industry to voice their opinions on whether it should be permitted for consumption in Australia and New Zealand.

Review of bird flu safeguards urged to curb new outbreaks

All parties in the poultry supply chain, including feed producers, need to assess how they can help limit avian flu outbreaks, with no certainties about whether the spread of the disease will be checked in the coming weeks, says an industry specialist.  

FoodNavigator's top 10 articles of 2014

Sugar, gluten-free foods, front-of-pack nutrition labelling, and the 'utter nonsense' behind popular diet claims were among the most popular subjects of the year on FoodNavigator.

Spotlight

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...

Will hemp replace fish as the king of omega 3?
Soapbox

Will hemp replace fish as the king of omega 3?

As decades of unjustified prohibition and persecution continues to lose its grip, hemp is rapidly regaining the...

China still hunting for brands that can compete overseas
China

China still hunting for brands that can compete overseas

China is failing to produce enough consumer brands for a globally competitive brand name to emerge, says...