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New products failing to come to Indian market due to regulatory delays

The last week in South Asia. New products failing to come to market due to FSSAI hold-ups; Trade pressure pushes India to put standards on the anvil; and Authorities ramp up food safety inspection efforts


Coles 'the biggest winner’ after $12m fine for conduct with suppliers

The Australian food industry backed a decision to compel Coles, the supermarket chain, to pay A$12m (US$9.1m) to suppliers, who can now leave Coles’s supply chain programme without penalty.

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.


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.

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