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China direct

China enacts ‘toughest food safety law yet’

Plus: 10 charged in wake of Shanghai expired meat scandal; Canada could become major net food exporter to China; and Traders to use online traceability system.

New lutein and zeaxanthin forms launched

Ingredient giants DSM and Kemin have debuted forms of lutein and zeaxanthin for use in tablets and soft gels via their partnership on the eye health carotenoids.

Far East digest

McDonald’s registers first growth after 19-month slump

Plus: Morinaga's BB536 probiotic now 100% gluten free; Taiwan must transform food export segment; and India’s Ruchi forms Japanese JV for soybean germ oil distribution.

Europe increases pressure on Thailand over illegal fishing: 'Yellow card' update

The European Union (EU) will make a decision on whether to ban fish imports from Thailand by December, while the EU gave out ‘yellow cards’ for illegal fishing to Comoros and Taiwan. 

Mars opens center to address food safety risk portfolio

Mars Incorporated has opened a pre-competitive research and training facility in China to address food safety.

Quorn snapped up by Filipino company for £550M

Quorn Foods has been sold to Filipino branded consumer goods company Monde Nissin for £550M, ending months of speculation.

News in brief

Nestlé Pakistan: Research is one of the first steps towards food safety

Nestlé Pakistan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore.

Evonik to ramp up amino acid production capacity in Asia

Evonik has revealed it is planning further expansion at its methionine production site in Singapore.

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