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Diet could cut medication dependence for type 2 diabetes patients

Australian researchers have developed a “life-changing” diet and exercise programme which they say has resulted in an average 40% reduction in medication levels for type 2 diabetes patients.

RSPO Next draws mixed reactions over environmental stance

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil's RSPO Next allows manufacturers to demonstrate a tougher stance on deforestation, forest fires and peatland clearance – but it has been slammed by Greenpeace which says many progressive companies and governments have already gone further.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Half of Malaysians now obese or overweight

Plus: Philippines calls farmers to action in wake of low wages and replanting; Japan could help Malaysian halal hub ambitions; and Indonesia BPOM to launch app to check food’s provenance.

Asahi bids for Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime beer brands

Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings Ltd has offered to buy SABMiller’s Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime brands, in a bid worth $2.9bn. 

Dairy Australia predicts challenging times

Decreasing global dairy prices, dry conditions and high input costs are tightening margins for Australia’s dairy farmers, according to the latest Situation and Outlook report from Dairy Australia.

China’s first welfare code for feed lots, slaughterhouses due in June

China will have its first draft animal husbandry and slaughtering standards code by June, according to the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), which is working with 30 domestic livestock breeding and slaughtering enterprises to draft the standards.

Shimadzu unveils high-end single quad GC/MS instrument

Shimadzu says its GCMS-QP2020 high-end single quadrupole gas chromatograph mass spectrometer will open up new capabilities for food labs without them having to invest in expansive sample preparation and method development.   

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If Mexico’s soda tax really works, why are tax revenues still rising?

A widely reported study on Mexico's soda tax is zealous and flawed in many ways, writes Katherine Rich, chief executive of the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council. 

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