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How military-owned companies have been silencing dissent in Burma

How military-owned companies have been silencing dissent in Burma

In what many say is an attempt to silence dissent against an allegedly military-orchestrated land grab, a Burmese court has been prosecuting hundreds of farmers who have been calling for the return of their property.

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UK think tank denies Malaysian palm oil conflict of interest accusations

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has said categorically it does not accept state money, following accusations by a Malaysian media outlet that the UK think tank is in bed with the Malaysian Palm Oil Council and the country’s government.

China and Co. driving New Zealand food and beverage exports

Consumer demand from East and Southeast Asia for high value foods and beverages is driving export growth and diversification for New Zealand’s food and beverage industry, a new government report has revealed.

Is Danone feeling the need for Mead?

Danone shares rose today as rumours strengthened the French dairy giant would sell its medical and paediatric nutrition business (Nutricia), but is the firm streamlining its activities around its core foods businesses or just shifting infant-medical gears?

Verde Media forges ahead on production of low-cost microbial omega-3s

Verde Media Group is moving forward with construction of a pilot plant in Asia that will validate its production technology that the company said will yield lower cost omega-3s from heterotrophic algae.

China

Shanghai municipal chief urges greater protection for whistleblowers

Journalists and whistleblowers should be given more protection as they expose food safety scandals, Shanghai’s chief official told a municipal meeting in the wake of last week’s expired meat scandal that has embroiled a number of international fast food chains.

Australia

Researchers develop new system to test for mercury in water

A new ultra-sensitive, low-cost and portable system for detecting mercury in environmental water has been developed by researchers in Adelaide.

China

US-China collaboration will have ‘significant impact’ on food safety

A Californian college has joined with one of China’s leading agricultural universities in the first step to establishing a Sino-US food safety research centre.

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Future of food: Climate change and air pollution will combine to curb food supplies from FoodNavigator.com

The effects of air pollution on the ozone, coupled with higher global temperatures could combine to reduce crop yields. However effects will vary by region, say researchers.

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Putin gets taster to check food for poison from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Russian president Vladimir Putin employs a personal food taster to ensure his meals are not poisoned and the Queen hates shellfish, according to the chefs that prepare their food.

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‘I ditched the Coca-Cola Life-style’: A millennial confession from BeverageDaily.com

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) boss John Brock insists people in the UK think Coca-Cola Life tastes just like standard Coke ahead of its September launch, but is this lack of differentiation necessarily good news?

Oxfam praises ‘bold’ climate change move from General Mills from BakeryAndSnacks.com

Following a damning report published by Oxfam in May, General Mills has revamped its climate change plan; pledging to reveal global greenhouse gas emission targets by August 2015.

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Oz government should copy UK’s practice of sourcing local produce
Australia

Oz government should copy UK’s practice of sourcing local produce

Australia should follow Britain’s lead and put in place a plan to source government-procured food from local...

Premium brands will lead as China’s beer economy leapfrogs that of US
China

Premium brands will lead as China’s beer economy leapfrogs that of US

Now double the size of its American counterpart, China's beer market is an exciting place to be...

Young Malaysian scientists honoured for probiotics research
Southeast Asia

Young Malaysian scientists honoured for probiotics research

Probiotics research is now entering the Malaysian mainstream, according to two female Universiti Sains Malaysia students who...

Anti-doping lab now targeting Australian sports nutrition market
Australia

Anti-doping lab now targeting Australian sports nutrition market

Now with backing from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), international anti-doping laboratory LGC is moving to...

Only 2% of Indian produce stored in adequate warehousing
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Only 2% of Indian produce stored in adequate warehousing

Almost none of India’s fresh fruit and vegetables are stored in suitable conditions after harvest, leading to...

Power paradox: Gas export growth will hammer domestic food output
Australia

Power paradox: Gas export growth will hammer domestic food output

The recent surge in the price of domestic gas will lead to a long and deep malaise...

ANZ Bank accused of abandoning farmers after splitting with sugar firm
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ANZ Bank accused of abandoning farmers after splitting with sugar firm

Early this month, in what looks like a failed attempt to save its reputation, Australia‘s ANZ Bank...

McDonald’s, KFC apologise in China’s latest food safety scare
China

McDonald’s, KFC apologise in China’s latest food safety scare

Allegations concerning the sale of expired meat by American-owned Shanghai Husi Food to the Chinese operations of...

Study: Energy drinks increase the desire to drink longer and harder
Australia

Study: Energy drinks increase the desire to drink longer and harder

Australian academics have called for greater analysis of the potential harm caused by mixing energy drinks with...

Thai food major admits to paying off journalists, but denies bribery
Thailand

Thai food major admits to paying off journalists, but denies bribery

If it wasn’t bribery, then who was it, Thais have been asking after food conglomerate Charoen Pokphand...

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