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Philippines

Salt tax proposal draws anger from lawmakers and consumer groups

A bill to impose a tax on the salt content of processed foods has been criticised by Filipino politicians and consumer groups, who accuse it of being a stealthy means to raise revenues.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Quality trumps price for time-poor urban Thai consumers

Plus: Malaysian Customs decides against GST on 60 foods.

'We will react and respond to any discriminatory measures against Malaysian palm oil,' warns minister

With a recent European resolution calling for tariffs and trade barriers against any palm oil linked to deforestation, Malaysia's minister for plantations and commodities warns: "We will react and respond accordingly to any discriminatory measures against Malaysian palm oil."

Industry big-hitters to address 50th AIFST conference in Sydney

The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology will host its 50th Annual Convention next month with the boss of Bega Cheese and the country’s national science agency delivering keynote addresses.

KFC Australia’s ‘logical next step’ is home delivery

Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Australian arm is branching into home delivery. 

USDA proposes to allow cooked chicken from China

A proposed rule to allow China to export cooked chicken from poultry slaughtered in the country to the US has been described as a ‘slap in the face to American consumers’ by a congresswoman.

This week Down Under

Food industry now accounts for a third of all Australian manufacturing

Plus: Beston ramps up milk supply to support cheese expansion.

Australia

Scientists want fund to develop ‘digital paddocks’ and wipe out pests

Australia’s leading agricultural scientists have called on the public and private sectors to establish a A$100m (US$76m) agriculture fund to future-proof Australian farmers against looming shocks like climate variability and disease outbreaks. 

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