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Australia

Drinks companies time social media to coincide with big matches

Alcohol companies have been finding new and sophisticated ways to use the power of social media to pitch drinking as pivotal to the sporting experience, a new Australian study shows.

Asean

End in sight for Asean harmonisation of supplements regulations

The process to harmonise health supplement regulations in Asean nations is close to completion with the news that nearly 90% of the initial targets for agreement had now been achieved.

Japan sees commercial success with non-stick yoghurt lid

Morinaga Milk, part of Japanese Morinaga Group, based in Tokyo, has developed 'Toyal Lotus', a non-stick yoghurt lid.

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Activia and ISIS: Al Safi Danone lays out dairy ambition in conflict-ridden Iraq

Islamic State (ISIS) attacks have disrupted Al Safi Danone Iraq deliveries, but have not deterred it from becoming Iraq's largest dairy manufacturer. 

Science short

Herbal blend shows body fat reduction potential:Study

A botanical blend has been shown to reduce body fat reduction by greater than 5% compared to placebo in a study published in the Journal of Functional Foods.

Probiotic ice cream may boost oral health for kids

Consuming a functional ice cream formulated with Bifidobacterium lactis Bb-12 and Lactobacillus acidophilus La-5 may cut levels of caries-causing bacteria in the mouth, says a new study from India.

China

China gives new food law more teeth and tougher penalties

The standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress, the country’s top legislature, has voted to adopt an amendment to the food safety law that proscribes the heaviest penalties yet to offenders.

Soapbox

GPs need schooling in complementary medicines

General practitioners need to gain a better understanding of complementary medicines, especially now that the Australian health minister has announced a collaborative governance arrangement for future GP training, says Carl Gibson of Complementary Medicines Australia.