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China

Regulator: Food complaints double to half a million last year

China’s food authorities received over half a million complaints in 2014—double the number that was lodged the previous year.

Asia-Pacific

Ageing Asia-Pacific driving global dietary supplements growth

Asia-Pacific is expected to dominate the global dietary supplements market for the rest of the decade to control 44% of the global market by 2020.

Indonesia

New Java plant shows first fruits from $500m Indonesian investment

The Coca-Cola Company’s chief executive has branded Indonesia “one of the most dynamic countries in the world”, as he opened Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia’s Cikekodan plant in Bekasi, West Java.

Rexam jumps on ‘fantastic’ opportunity for beverage cans in India

The beverage can remains a ‘novel’ form of packaging in India, according to manufacturer Rexam. But having seen a 72% increase in sales volume in 2014, the company predicts the packaging will become much more popular. 

Dispatches from Anuga FoodTec 2015

Heat and Control awaits go-ahead for India mega plant

Heat and Control plans to open a large-scale manufacturing facility in India to serve a rapidly growing snacks market and bolster business in the country, its sales head says.

Australia

Study: High-cholesterol diet increases spread of prostate cancer

University of Queensland research has shown that a high-cholesterol diet increases the spread of prostate cancer tumours to lymph nodes, lungs and bones.

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Toshiba claims pathogen detection in less than 2 hours

Toshiba and Kawasaki City have developed DNA chip technology that they claim can simultaneously test 14 foodborne pathogens in less than 90 minutes.

Australia

Wealth and health: Better-off parents prefer clean-label food

Household wealth plays a big part in determining the healthiness of the food kids are eating, the latest health attitude and food consumption data from Roy Morgan Research shows. 

Spotlight

Ex Greenpeace boss: FMCG firms will drive sustainability for palm oil
Exclusive interview: Paul Gilding, former executive director of Greenpeace

Ex Greenpeace boss: FMCG firms will drive sustainability for palm oil

The “viciously complex” issue of palm is dependent on FMCG companies like Unilever mobilising their consumers to...

Profs shocked to find herbicides cause antibiotic-resistant bacteria
New Zealand

Profs shocked to find herbicides cause antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Research lead by a team from the University of Canterbury has found that commonly used herbicides can...

Acid from wine tasting can soften teeth ‘within minutes’
Australia

Acid from wine tasting can soften teeth ‘within minutes’

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have discovered that the acid in wine can make teeth vulnerable...

Agriculture almost wiped out in Vanuatu by cyclone Pam
The Pacific

Agriculture almost wiped out in Vanuatu by cyclone Pam

Strong winds, heavy rains and floods in the wake of severe tropical cyclone Pam have caused extensive...

Regulation of complementary medicines needs a 'right-touch' approach
Soapbox

Regulation of complementary medicines needs a 'right-touch' approach

The modern processed products industry that is complementary medicines today does not want no regulation, but can...

Dietitians laud decision not to release celebrity chef’s paleo primer
Australia

Dietitians laud decision not to release celebrity chef’s paleo primer

Australia’s leading nutrition body, the Dietitians Association of Australia, has praised publisher Pan Macmillan Australia for its...

'Reduce drinks packs, not price, and target the bottom of the pyramid'
India

'Reduce drinks packs, not price, and target the bottom of the pyramid'

Beverage brands must appreciate how perceived packaging wisdom in a mature market may be inappropriate if it...

India plans to target ‘very serious issue’ of food adulteration
India

India plans to target ‘very serious issue’ of food adulteration

India has acknowledged the scale of its food adulteration epidemic and has pledged to take steps to...

China’s make-or-break year for food safety reform
Briefing

China’s make-or-break year for food safety reform

We are now in the third month of what could be a landmark year for food safety...

Ficci: India could grow its Asean trade by US$26bn this year
India

Ficci: India could grow its Asean trade by US$26bn this year

India’s exports to Asean grew from US$44bn in 2010 to US$74bn last year, according to a government...