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China in a battle to save its farmland

Mainland China has a nation-threatening soil pollution problem, with areas equivalent to double the size of Spain covered in polluted soil, a government survey has revealed.

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FSANZ toughens stance on cyanide harm from apricot kernels

Food Standards Australia New Zealand, the industry regulator in the Antipodes, has strengthened its cautionary stance on raw apricot kernels following findings showing that eating the seeds could pose a public health and safety risk to consumers. 

Rice eaters’ diets more in line with Dietary Guidelines: study

Consumers who eat white or brown rice every day tend to have better overall diet quality and nutrient intake, according to a study of five-year data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).  

Sydney oysters found to act as sensitive contamination indicators

Sydney rock oysters could have a role as biomonitors of the health of waterways, acting as sensitive indicators of harmful levels of contaminants in water and sediments.

Food-secure Oz needs greater productivity if it wants to stay that way

While Australia is currently one of the most food secure nations, its agriculture system must increase production by 2050 if it is to continue feeding itself and the wider swathes of Asia it supplies, according to a new study.

Fake duck blood investigation leads to more Chinese consumer anger

The exposure by a Chinese newspaper of a family-run business that has been selling fake duck blood laced with artificial additives has brought about a fresh wave of concern among consumers in the country.

Fears of Indian mango shortage after only 50% of crop is harvested

India’s national fruit may break the bank later year with mangoes for domestic consumption in short supply owing to significant crop damage and rising export orders.

Chobani generates explosive growth in Australia, unveils aggressive expansion plans in Asia, Latin America

Chobani has increased its Australian production from 25,000 cases a week to 25,000 cases a day in the past year, becoming the second best-selling yogurt brand in the nation’s top supermarket chain Woolworths, and announced ambitious expansion plans in Asia and Latin America.

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Big win for Coke at Supreme Court could really upset apple cart, says attorney from FoodNavigator-USA.com

As POM Wonderful squares up with Coca-Cola at the Supreme Court in a high-profile false advertising case, one leading food law attorney says a broad win for Coca-Cola could have significant repercussions for the trade.

UK FSA: "If you are interested in submitting a novel food dossier to the EU, we advise you to contact another EU member state..."

UK FSA closes door on novel food applications as austerity bites from NutraIngredients.com

The UK Food Standards Agency is no longer accepting novel food applications, a development one public policy expert says is “alarming”.

PepsiCo CEO: 'Several of our brands virtually define their categories' from BakeryAndSnacks.com

Power brands like Doritos, Lay’s and Quaker Oats are allowing PepsiCo to stay strong in volatile market conditions, CEO Indra Nooyi says.

Foodborne illness strikes Food Safety Summit attendees from FoodProductionDaily.com

Four people who attended the recent Food Safety Summit conference and exhibition reportedly have been stricken with a foodborne pathogen.

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World’s longest-running rice research project marks 150th harvest

World’s longest-running rice research project marks 150th harvest

The International Rice Research Institute is marking the 150th harvest of its Long-Term Continuous Cropping Experiment (LTCCE),...

Asia produces nearly half of world’s greenhouse gases from agriculture

Asia produces nearly half of world’s greenhouse gases from agriculture

Developing nations in Asia are responsible for 45% of the world’s greenhouse gases, with overall emissions from...

Aussie rules football league criticised for its stance on supplements

Aussie rules football league criticised for its stance on supplements

The Australian Football League’s release last month of a new list of prohibited treatments has been criticised...

Up to one-third of Indian grain being lost to substandard warehousing

Up to one-third of Indian grain being lost to substandard warehousing

India needs around 43m tonnes of additional warehousing and storage capacity if it wants to reduce the...

Beer consumption at near 70-year low in Australia

Beer consumption at near 70-year low in Australia

Consumption of beer in Australia has reached its lowest level since 1946, according to figures released by...

Food industry winners and losers in BJP’s election manifesto

Food industry winners and losers in BJP’s election manifesto

With India’s lengthy election process now underway, the expected frontrunner, the Bharatiya Janaya Party, has released its...

Australia-Japan free-trade agreement meets with mixed reactions

Australia-Japan free-trade agreement meets with mixed reactions

The newly signed free-trade agreement between Australia and Japan has drawn a mixed response from the food...

Kiwi academics unite over high-value nutrition ‘challenge’

Kiwi academics unite over high-value nutrition ‘challenge’

Five Kiwi institutions have joined forces in a NZ$80m joint project to address one of the New...

Coles admits to misleading campaign during AU$1 milk wars

Coles admits to misleading campaign during AU$1 milk wars

Supermarket giant Coles painted a misleading picture of the dairy industry via a social media campaign at...

China driving global beef growth

China driving global beef growth

Market fundamentals remain very positive for the global beef industry, with the Chinese market leading worldwide demand.

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