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Snapshot from Malaysia

‘Hot dog’ name ban shows officials’ desire to take offence

In conversation with an Uber driver in Kuala Lumpur, it will never be long before he mentions hot dogs. They are a subject on everyone’s lips now, after Malaysian religious authorities denied halal certification to an American fast-food chain partly because, they said, the name “hot dog” would confuse Muslims....


Authentic action: Standing out in a competitive landscape

What can businesses do to increase their market share in an age of digital disruption, asks Natasha Flynn.

Former Liverpool FC expert helps Herbalife pick up the pace of sports nutrition promotion

Herbalife is launching the Herbalife24 Program for Australia and New Zealand as it seeks to boost its sports nutrition products in the two countries.

Aged garlic shows antioxidant promise, but not cholesterol-lowering potential: Study

Aged garlic has greater antioxidant potential that the raw version, but was found not to lower cholesterol in hypercholesterolemic individuals, a Singapore study has reported.

China direct

Walmart invests in Chinese e-commerce with $50m New Dada deal

Plus: Starbucks appoints insider as new China chief; and China proposes tougher penalties in food safety law draft.

The hottest superfood ingredients in Japan right now…and the next ones primed for success

Several superfoods are now becoming mainstream in Japan because consumers are acutely aware of the “nutrient powerhouses” and their functional benefits.

EFSA considers Mitsubishi’s antioxidant salt following member state concerns

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has taken the reins in the safety evaluation of Mitsubishi’s novel antioxidant salt ingredient following member state toxicity concerns. 

This week Down Under

Worrying rise in younger Australian children with body image issues

Plus: Industry approves of content of code-of-practice review report; and Australians not meeting WHO vegetable consumption goals.

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