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Malaysian agriculture minister unaware of post-MH370 Chinese boycott

The Malaysian government has agreed to form a special committee to study the economic impact on trade and investment with China following the disappearance of Flight MH370 last month.

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World’s longest-running rice research project marks 150th harvest

The International Rice Research Institute is marking the 150th harvest of its Long-Term Continuous Cropping Experiment (LTCCE), the world's longest-running rice research project.

Halloren targets Thailand and Korea for export growth

German confectioner Halloren believes its best growth prospects lie in the fast growing markets in Thailand and Korea as well as North America amid intense competition in its home market.

Largest ever human clinical study using tocotrienols for neuroprotection

Vitamin E tocotrienols show brain health benefits

Daily supplements of a natural full spectrum palm mixed tocotrienol complex may protect against the progression of white matter lesions in human brains, says a new study from Malaysia and the UK.

Asia produces nearly half of world’s greenhouse gases from agriculture

Developing nations in Asia are responsible for 45% of the world’s greenhouse gases, with overall emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries doubling over the past 50 years, according to new Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates.

Biggest Gulf grocery retailer LuLu prepares to enter Malaysia market

The Middle East’s biggest supermarket chain will open for the first time in Malaysia when Abu Dhabi-based LuLu opens six hypermarkets in the country. 

Aussie rules football league criticised for its stance on supplements

The Australian Football League’s release last month of a new list of prohibited treatments has been criticised by the country’s main complementary healthcare body for its claim that supplements are unproven.

AIG launches new tool to measure impact of recalls

American insurer AIG has launched a new tool to measure the financial impact and frequency of product recalls for food and beverage businesses in Australia.

Japanese beer giant Asahi set to acquire Malaysian dairy

Asahi Group Holdings, the firm behind the Asahi Japanese beer brand, is preparing for its first foray into fresh dairy after agreeing a deal to acquire Malaysian firm Etika Dairies.

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NASA to grow fresh food in space from FoodQualityNews.com

NASA has launched a ‘Veggie’ project to grow vegetables and herbs in Space and if successful, could be used on lettuce, radishes, bok choy, Chinese cabbage and bitter leafy greens.

A sweet tooth is just as genetic as asthma, says researcher from FoodNavigator.com

About 50% of our preference for sweet food and drinks can be attributed to genetics, about the same level of heritability as certain personality traits and asthma, according to a food sensory scientist.   

Israeli firm targets military ration packs: 'We’ll sell to anybody' from NutraIngredients.com

Israeli company Easy Line says its products hold military ration pack potential, and it will be angling for export to any national military.

Slosh 'n' Becks! Alcohol Concern slams Beckham Diageo deal from BeverageDaily.com

David Beckham has come under fire for his whisky partnership with drinks business Diageo, which a charity says could send a ‘confusing message’ to children.

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Up to one-third of Indian grain being lost to substandard warehousing

Up to one-third of Indian grain being lost to substandard warehousing

India needs around 43m tonnes of additional warehousing and storage capacity if it wants to reduce the...

Beer consumption at near 70-year low in Australia

Beer consumption at near 70-year low in Australia

Consumption of beer in Australia has reached its lowest level since 1946, according to figures released by...

Food industry winners and losers in BJP’s election manifesto

Food industry winners and losers in BJP’s election manifesto

With India’s lengthy election process now underway, the expected frontrunner, the Bharatiya Janaya Party, has released its...

Australia-Japan free-trade agreement meets with mixed reactions

Australia-Japan free-trade agreement meets with mixed reactions

The newly signed free-trade agreement between Australia and Japan has drawn a mixed response from the food...

Kiwi academics unite over high-value nutrition ‘challenge’

Kiwi academics unite over high-value nutrition ‘challenge’

Five Kiwi institutions have joined forces in a NZ$80m joint project to address one of the New...

Coles admits to misleading campaign during AU$1 milk wars

Coles admits to misleading campaign during AU$1 milk wars

Supermarket giant Coles painted a misleading picture of the dairy industry via a social media campaign at...

China driving global beef growth

China driving global beef growth

Market fundamentals remain very positive for the global beef industry, with the Chinese market leading worldwide demand.

M&S to change approach to China by seeking JV partner

M&S to change approach to China by seeking JV partner

Marks & Spencer no longer plans to open wholly owned stores in China, making the British retailer...

Australia will not take the lead on GM wine

Australia will not take the lead on GM wine

A key stakeholder in Australia’s booming wine industry has revealed that the country’s winegrowers are not going...

Banned, but Indians still consuming GM foods

Banned, but Indians still consuming GM foods

A government panel has said that even though India doesn't allow commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM)...

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