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China direct

One in five Beijingers is obese

One in five Beijingers is obese; Walmart in Alibaba’s sights as Chinese retailer seeks to become world’s no 1; China developing food safety intel system for distribution; Hangover Defence to go on general release in Hong Kong

Down Under

Fsanz reviews areas of nutrition and health claims standard

The antipodean food regulator, Fsanz, has called for submissions on a proposal to address issues identified since the nutrition and health claims standard was gazetted.

Australia

Volunteers required for exercise test. Reward: 3D-printed chocolate

Melbourne researcher Rohit Ashok Khot has found the sweetest way in the world to get people to exercise: he rewards others with chocolate treats made on a 3D food printer. The more they exercise, the smoother the chocolate they get to eat. 

Jafza sets out Halal stall as standards debate drags on

Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (Jafza) pitched itself as a one-stop Halal hub at a road show in Japan this month, while the UAE is still working towards finalising its Halal standards.

News in brief

Oceania ADO warns athletes off food supplements

As the Pacific Games approaches in July the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (ORADO) has warned athletes not to take food supplements.

Far East digest

Taiwan updates its certification in wake of scandals

Today: Taiwan updates its certification in wake of scandals; Barry Callebaut opens chocolate academy in Tokyo; and Burger King seeing red in Japan.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Malaysia’s baby food market closes in on half-billion-dollar value

Regional round-up: Malaysia’s baby food market closes in on half-billion value; Region’s least developed countries call for closer union; Bruneian children more prone to poor diet; Indonesia increases its food safety surveillance for Ramadan; Myanmar to monitor country’s nutrition

China, India, Brazil and South East Asia in high spirits for liquor, says spiritsEUROPE

Growth for spirits lies in export markets such as China, India, Brazil and South East Asia as EU consumption slumps, says trade association spiritsEUROPE.

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