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Malaysia

Halal certifier: We could cover medicine, but only if there's no panic

Halal certifier: We could cover medicine, but only if there's no panic

Although Malaysia’s halal certification is pretty much the only such standard that is accepted across the world, the body behind it continues to refuse to allow the accreditation of medicines to avoid causing life or death cases of panic.

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American Ginseng Advisory Panel formed to preserve the genetic diversity of wild botanical

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals has formed the American Ginseng Advisory Panel, with the development of a national American ginseng germplasm collection a key goal.

Gene activators: Veggie micronutrients join the fight against diabetes and heart disease

Supplements containing the phytochemicals sulforaphane and quercetin are being trialled for their potential to decrease the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, on the back of new in vitro research at the University of Warwick.

Australia

Australia’s manufacturers still not fully on board with salt reduction

A review of the Food and Health Dialogue, the Australian Government’s flagship initiative to improve the healthiness of the country’s food supply, has showed mixed results in efforts to reduce salt content.

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

Malaysia hopes to double palm oil production by 2020

Malaysia hopes to double its palm oil production by 2020 without having to dedicate more land to palm plants, according to a Malaysian minister.

China

Approval system stopping supplements from reaching Chinese consumers

Chinese food authorities are stopping many of their citizens from gaining access to the best quality health supplements as a result of their onerous approvals process, according to one British company.

Australia

Australians more intent on low-fat diet than reducing cholesterol

Australians have become less concerned with their cholesterol levels and more likely to try to eat less fat and additives, new consumer data suggests.  

New Zealand infant formula acquisitions 'key to restoring...trust': Nutricia ANZ

Nutricia Australia New Zealand’s (Nutricia ANZ) acquisition of Kiwi infant formula businesses the Sutton Group and Gardians is “key to restoring" consumer confidence lost as a result of the 2013 botulism scare.

Global Industry News

Scientist fires EU coffee warning ahead of EFSA caffeine publication from BeverageDaily.com

A high-profile scientist warns that any move by EFSA to recommend lower upper levels of caffeine consumption below 300mg/day could be ‘very harmful’ for the EU coffee industry, ahead of a key publication.

NutraIngredients Sports Nutrition 2014 round-table debate

Arsenal FC: We can’t get the sports nutrition products we need from NutraIngredients.com

The nutritional needs of professional athletes and the general sports playing population are clearly not the same but does the broad sports nutrition market reflect that diversity of need? Arsenal FC and other experts argued the toss at NutraIngredients Sports Nutrition 2014…

Whisky body welcomes stability of Scottish referendum result from FoodManufacture.co.uk

The Scottish Whisky Association (SWA) has welcomed the “stability” brought by the vote for Scotland to stay in the UK.

Smaller brands can flourish under big corporate umbrellas, says General Mills CEO: ‘We've been very good, I think, about leaving them alone’ from FoodNavigator-USA.com

General Mills will help newly acquired natural & organic brand Annie’s expand into new categories, channels and markets; and will use its clout to drive procurement and operational/logistical efficiencies, CEO Ken Powell told analysts this week. But it won’t try to change the culture of the company.

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Wanted: Investment by food processing entrepreneurs to combat wastage
India

Wanted: Investment by food processing entrepreneurs to combat wastage

Entrepreneurs must start to invest more in food processing if the country has any chance of reducing...

Scientists develop healthier spaghetti while increasing wheat yield
Australia

Scientists develop healthier spaghetti while increasing wheat yield

Researchers in Adelaide believe they have found a way to increase yield of the wheat central to...

Change brewing as Malaysia hops onto craft beer bandwagon
Blog

Change brewing as Malaysia hops onto craft beer bandwagon

Faced with increasing gains across Asia-Pacific, not least in Australia where traditional brewers are fast losing market...

'Ambitious' Asean supplements harmonisation process nearing its goal
Southeast Asia

'Ambitious' Asean supplements harmonisation process nearing its goal

Ten years into the process to harmonise the regulatory framework for nutritional and health supplements among Southeast...

New committee meets in bid to reform 'wasteful' food corporation
India

New committee meets in bid to reform 'wasteful' food corporation

A high-level committee has met for the first time to investigate a restructure of the often-beleaguered Food...

Researchers developing nutrient super pill to combat depression
Australia

Researchers developing nutrient super pill to combat depression

Scientists taking part in a joint study by two Australian universities say they hope their research will...

Queensland team closing in on caffeine-free coffee plant development
Australia

Queensland team closing in on caffeine-free coffee plant development

It will soon be possible to grow premium-quality caffeine-free coffee, tea and cocoa, according to research by...

Industry gets creative to deal with China's supplement regulations
Editorial

Industry gets creative to deal with China's supplement regulations

To understand a developing industry, especially one that is moving as fast as the Asian food industry,...

Building site hipsters Down Under behind rise of coffee-flavoured milk
Australia

Building site hipsters Down Under behind rise of coffee-flavoured milk

Australians are well known for fancying the odd flat white, but a new trend suggests they are...

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