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Supplier fined heavily in midst of Taiwan’s 780t recycled oil scandal

Supplier fined heavily in midst of Taiwan’s 780t recycled oil scandal

A Taiwanese food company has been handed a severe fine for selling lard made from cooking oil that had been recycled from kitchen waste and grease from leather processing plants.

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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 Corporation of India (FCI) as the food-grains authority looks to strengthen and integrate its supply chain.

Open source: Blendhub offers ‘fingerprint’ library for nutrient blends

Spanish supplier Blendhub is taking the rare step of offering customers access to its new library of near infra-red (NIR) spectroscopy analyses from more than 300 raw materials.

Coke's largest India bottler abandons $25m bottle line, campaigners claim 'colossal victory'

Coke’s largest Indian bottler has blamed officialdom for the 'inordinate delay' it said led it to abandon a newly built $25m bottling line in Uttar Pradesh, but insists it will pursue plans to inaugurate the line elsewhere in the state.

Science grows for BLIS M18’s oral health benefits

A daily lozenge containing Streptococcus salivarius M18, branded as BLIS M18, for 28 days results in detectable levels of the probiotic in the mouth seven days later, says a new study from Western University (Ontario) and BLIS Technologies Ltd (New Zealand).

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 help people suffering from clinical depression by offering them new combination of nutrient-based medications to enhance mood.

India

Bisleri back in carbonated soft drinks after 22-year wait

Best known for its bottled water, Bisleri has made a return to the carbonated soft drinks market 22 years after it sold its Thums Up, Limca, Gold Spot and Mazza brands to Coca-Cola.

Fonterra issues 2014 profit warning citing dairy price drop

Fonterra expects its 2014 operating profit, impacted by falling global dairy prices, to come in at the "lower end" of its forecast.

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Caffeine may have positive effects on Alzheimer’s-related tau deposits, says study from NutraIngredients.com

Caffeine could help ease the cognitive decline of Alzheimer’s disease German-French research has shown.

Kids’ food cravings are stronger than adults, but easier to control from FoodNavigator.com

Children have stronger baseline food cravings than adolescents and adults, but are also able to better manage these cravings, according to new research.

MEPs voice GM cultivation ‘loophole’ concerns: Member states mustn’t face corporate court action from FeedNavigator.com

Legislation on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops must be made “watertight” to avoid opposing member states being taken to court, the European Parliament urged in a European Council debate last week.

'It’s taken a year to explain our chondroitin doesn’t come from carcasses left out in the sun': Danish supplier from NutraIngredients.com

Danish firm ZPD has won EU food approval for its chondroitin sulfate – a process that has been riddled by misapprehension and prejudice, the company says.

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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...

Rat study finds how memories of junk food can change eating behaviour
Australia

Rat study finds how memories of junk food can change eating behaviour

A diet of junk food not only makes rats fat, but also reduces their drive to seek...

China’s ‘willingness to engage’ praised by US health food promoter
China

China’s ‘willingness to engage’ praised by US health food promoter

Chinese regulators’ have been hailed by an American industry representative for showing great “openness” following a multipartite...

It is too early to praise industry for Thai prawn slavery meeting
Insight

It is too early to praise industry for Thai prawn slavery meeting

When in June of this year, British newspaper The Guardian published a damning report tracing fishmeal that...

Researchers make progress in finding how wines make drinkers feel
Australia

Researchers make progress in finding how wines make drinkers feel

Australia’s wine industry needs to turn to the perfume industry to learn how wines affect a consumer’s...

Mussels and joints: A homegrown Kiwi advantage

Mussels and joints: A homegrown Kiwi advantage

Over half a century ago, Ben Winters Sr arrived in New Zealand from the Netherlands and soon...

China's most prominent food scandals so far this year
China

China's most prominent food scandals so far this year

There is absolutely no doubt that the Chinese authorities are doing everything they can to bring the...

Report suggests India’s baby food market is set to soar
India

Report suggests India’s baby food market is set to soar

A combination of demographic, social and economic factors is helping grow India’s baby food market, which is...

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