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South Asia radius

20% of Indian food tests revealed adulterated or misbranded products

Plus: Government rules out ceding to US labelling request; Nestlé proposes new India head in wake of Maggi affair; FSSAI must hurry up with nutraceutical regulations; and Snacking Vadodara housewives at massive risk of diabetes than those who work

Chinese scientists detect melamine in white gold using real gold

Chinese scientists have developed a method to detect melamine in milk and infant formula using gold nanoparticles. 

The challenges of selling insects in Europe

EU regulation is confusing but with growing consumer demand, it's still an attractive market. FoodNavigator spoke to five companies about the challenges of selling insects in Europe.

Australia

Microbe pair holds key to boosting feed crops

Scientists have identified two microorganisms that can build bigger and more resilient feed crops, potentially boosting farmers’ bottom lines by millions of dollars.

Far East digest

Taiwan FDA cracks down on imports from Fukushima

Also: Japanese exports picking up speed in Hong Kong; Calorific information now required for drinks mixed on premises in Taiwan; Japan’s stance on trans fats criticised by labelling officials; and Givaudan expands into Tokyo

China direct

Grandparents largely to blame for China’s spiking childhood obesity

Also: Treatment sees dramatic results in genetically obese children; and Mérieux opens microbiota research lab in Guangzhou

Danone to swap Dumex China infant formula unit for larger stake in Mengniu

Danone plans to use proceeds from the proposed sale of its Dumex China infant formula business to increase its stake in Mengniu.

Emerging markets

‘India’s first aerated chocolate’: Mondelēz brings bubbly platform to fastest growing emerging market

Mondelēz International has launched what it claims is India’s first aerated chocolate by bringing Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk Bubbly to the world’s fastest growing chocolate market.

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