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Hydrocolloids gain from FSSAI’s new additives standards

Plus: FSSAI promotes fortification with release of new standards; and Veeba funding round suggests continuing investor interest in condiments.

Brazil’s BRF to invest $20m in China’s Cofco Meat

Brazilian meatpacker BRF SA – one of the country’s largest food processors – has agreed to invest $20m in China’s pork company Cofco Meat Holdings and form a strategic partnership.

Waitaki launches three new ingredients as ‘Made in New Zealand’ resonates

New Zealand’s Waitkaki Biosciences continues to enjoy considerable success in the US, and recently launched three new ingredients derived from kiwifruit, blackcurrant, and greenshell mussels.

China does best at reducing Asian hunger; India and Pakistan languish

China has the lowest level of malnourishment of all Asian developing countries, while only three nations are hungrier than India, according to the latest Global Hunger Index report, which put the Far East giant in overall 29th place out of a ranking of 118.

Taurine supplementation improves symptoms for young people suffering first episode psychosis

Research appears to show that supplementation with taurine - an additive commonly found in energy drinks - improves symptoms in young people suffering a first episode of psychosis (FEP).

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China and Europe increasingly working together on food safety – EFSA

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) are to sign an agreement on food safety next month.

Middle East packaging firms gearing up for a seismic shift in demand

The Middle East’s packaging industry is undergoing rapid transformation with increasing demand for sophisticated automated solutions.

Diabetics should walk after eating carb-heavy meals to cut blood sugar levels: Research

New research from New Zealand suggests that people managing type 2 diabetes should walk after carb-heavy meals to gain the greatest blood sugar-lowering benefits. 

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