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China

Five arrested as meat scandal spreads to more international chains

A screen shot from the Dragon TV exposé

As more American companies are embroiled in China’s latest food safety scandal, five people have been detained following a probe into a company that allegedly supplied stale meat to fast-food outlets.

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Australia

Anti-doping lab now targeting Australian sports nutrition market

Now with backing from the Australian Institute of Sport, international anti-doping laboratory LGC is moving to test nutritional supplements for prohibited substances Down Under.

Southeast Asia

Young Malaysian scientists honoured for probiotics research

Probiotics research is now entering the Malaysian mainstream, according to two female Universiti Sains Malaysia students who recently received international recognition for their work.

Philippine food major buys New Zealand snack firm Griffin’s

Universal Robina Corporation (URC) has snapped up New Zealand snack giant Griffin’s Foods for NZ$700m ($606.6m) in a move it says should bolster its presence in the Asian snack sector.

Naturex appoints Olivier Rigaud as CEO

26-year food ingredients veteran Olivier Rigaud is the new CEO of French herbal extracts leader Naturex, moving from tate & Lyle, where he has been the chair of Specialty Food Ingredients since 2010.

Australia

Power paradox: Gas export growth will hammer domestic food output

The recent surge in the price of domestic gas will lead to a long and deep malaise for Australia’s food production and processing industries, according to an authoritative cross-industry report on the impact of fuel costs on the country’s economy.

Commentary

Only 2% of Indian produce stored in adequate warehousing

Almost none of India’s fresh fruit and vegetables are stored in suitable conditions after harvest, leading to wastage of produce worth almost half a trillion rupees each year, logistics experts have been warned.

New Zealand

Experts highlight big gaps in healthy food policies

Healthy food policies to promote childhood health and reduce obesity are lacking, according to a panel of more than 50 New Zealand public health professionals, medical practitioners and NGO leaders.

Global Industry News

UN tightens regulation on lead in infant formula lead and arsenic in rice from FoodNavigator.com

The United Nation’s food standards body has adopted new maximum levels for lead in infant formula and arsenic in rice. 

‘Coke's Mini Can Can!’ Muhtar Kent salutes small package 'romance' from BeverageDaily.com

The Coca-Cola Company CEO Muhtar Kent says the ‘romance of the smaller package’ is critical to building more romance around brands such as Coke in the US.

Supplement line launches based on phospholipid nano sphere delivery system from NutraIngredients-USA.com

NanoSphere Health Sciences has formally launched its line of liquid dietary supplements called Evolve Nutrients that employs its lipid-based delivery technology promising more rapid absorption and better bioavailability.

Slavery in fishmeal supply: IFFO looks for ways to widen global standard to ensure worker safety from FeedNavigator.com

Marine ingredients industry representative body, the IFFO, wants to extend the remit of its RS Chain of Custody global fishmeal and fishoil standard so that it takes into account the conditions of workers employed on fishmeal supply boats.

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ANZ Bank accused of abandoning farmers after splitting with sugar firm
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ANZ Bank accused of abandoning farmers after splitting with sugar firm

Early this month, in what looks like a failed attempt to save its reputation, Australia‘s ANZ Bank...

McDonald’s, KFC apologise in China’s latest food safety scare
China

McDonald’s, KFC apologise in China’s latest food safety scare

Allegations concerning the sale of expired meat by American-owned Shanghai Husi Food to the Chinese operations of...

Study: Energy drinks increase the desire to drink longer and harder
Australia

Study: Energy drinks increase the desire to drink longer and harder

Australian academics have called for greater analysis of the potential harm caused by mixing energy drinks with...

Thai food major admits to paying off journalists, but denies bribery
Thailand

Thai food major admits to paying off journalists, but denies bribery

If it wasn’t bribery, then who was it, Thais have been asking after food conglomerate Charoen Pokphand...

Half of vegetables fail to get top marks in new star labelling system
Australia

Half of vegetables fail to get top marks in new star labelling system

Not all vegetables available in Australian supermarkets will receive a top nutrition rating once a new health...

Codex sets new maximum levels for lead and arsenic
Asia

Codex sets new maximum levels for lead and arsenic

With the safety of infant formula and Asia’s reliance on rice never far from the headlines, the...

Diabetes expert: Rice is obese Malaysia's most dangerous junk food
Malaysia

Diabetes expert: Rice is obese Malaysia's most dangerous junk food

The causes behind the rise in obesity and diabetes in Asia’s most overweight country, Malaysia, are very...

Families throw out 40% of their weekly groceries, study finds
Australia

Families throw out 40% of their weekly groceries, study finds

Australian households throw out an estimated two in every five bags of groceries they buy—a trend researchers...

NGOs commend Coca-Cola for its human rights transparency in Myanmar
Insight

Turning tables: NGOs commend multinational for transparency in Myanmar

In a rare move, NGOs and rights experts commended Coca-Cola for a report it has submitted with...

India leapfrogs EU as world's dominant milk producer
India

India leapfrogs EU as world's dominant milk producer

India is now the world’s biggest milk producer, having overtaken the European Union over the last 12...

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