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Flawed findings: Conspiracy theories masked as academic analysis

In an era when consumers are sceptical of "fake news", a further concern is brewing, writes Katherine Rich, chief executive of the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council.

South Asia radius

Indonesia and India agree to break down regulatory barriers

Plus: US calls on India to open up to GM soybean; and Only an improved cold chain can raise farmers’ income.

Wacker to open China application lab as it ramps up efforts to boost APAC food and supplement business

German supplier Wacker hopes to strengthen its Asia nutrition and food offerings by opening an application lab in Shanghai next year, a little over 18 months after doing the same in Singapore.

Iron crucial to cut risk of fatty liver disease progression: China data

The ratio of serum iron to ferritin — a blood cell protein containing iron — can accurately predict body composition and fatty liver risk in young adult women, but not middle-aged women.

AB InBev buys Australian craft brewer 4 Pines

AB InBev is buying Sydney craft brewer 4 Pines, in a deal that 4 Pines says will enable its plans for national and global expansion.

Australia

Murray Goulburn struggling to find suitor for buyout

Troubled Australian dairy co-operative Murray Goulburn has called for an end to media speculation over a potential buyout—even calling into question the likelihood of a takeover itself. 

China cross-border e-commerce rules extension a major business boost for industry

Supplement and food firms operating in China’s booming cross border e-commerce market have been buoyed by a year-long extension of the existing trade laws, which were due to be replaced on January 1.

Nutrition one of most 'significant individual factors' for child development in first 1,000 days: Comprehensive evidence paper

The most significant individual factors in the first 1,000 days of a child's life that influence health and development relate to nutrition, substance use and the experience of significant stress, according to a wide-ranging Australian evidence paper.

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