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False alarm is good news, but false positive must be investigated

The news that there was no botulism risk from Fonterra’s batches of whey will come as a huge relief to the company and consumers around world, according to New Zealand...

Fonterra latest

Botulism scare was a false alarm, reveals NZ ministry

New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries have confirmed the scare surrounding contaminated whey protein concentrate supplied by dairy giant Fonterra was a false alarm. 

FDA clearly ramping up scrutiny of Indian pharma businesses

With two more warning letters sent by the US drug regulator to Indian companies for violation of acceptable manufacturing practices, America has brought to six the number of India-based drugmaking...

One-third of Chinese faced with excess aluminium consumption

Alum-based baking ingredients are to blame for almost one-third of Chinese people consuming quantities of aluminium above the recommended maximum safe level in their diets, according to new research.

UK busts more contaminated Chinese herbal medicines; ‘We are fed up’ says industry

The UK has issued yet another contamination warning against Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCMs) claiming to treat conditions like menstrual pain and hair loss – leaving the local industry exasperated at...

Australian scientists serve cyclists healthier ‘hydrating’ beer

Australian scientists have created a healthier more hydrating beer by adding electrolytes and lowering the alcohol content to reduce the dangers of drinking.

Interview: Prof Suhaila Mohamed, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Malaysia’s herbal leadership the result of government support

Government financing and promotion of herbal ingredients research has helped Malaysia to become one of the world leaders in the field, according to one of the country’s pre-eminent researchers.

Fonterra NZ Milk Products MD resigns in midst of botulism scare

Fonterra NZ Milk Products boss, Gary Romano, has resigned “with immediate effect” less than two weeks after news broke that 38 tonnes of whey protein concentrate (WPC) manufactured by the company could...

News in brief

Melinjo Resveratrol launching in markets outside Japan

Japanese nutrient ingredients company Hosoda will now sell its Melinjo Resveratrol line internationally. The product, which is produced at Hosoda’s new extraction plant in Java, has been available on the...

Contamination crisis

Spierings claims Chinese ‘appreciated’ Fonterra's response to crisis

The tone of Theo Spierings, chief executive of Fonterra, changed from mea culpa earlier in the week to defiance last night as he assured New Zealanders that Chinese authorities and...

Contamination crisis

Crisis will harm New Zealand more than Fonterra

With Fonterra’s contamination crisis unlikely to die down soon, the fall-out in China is likely to have more of a lingering impact on New Zealand’s continuing trade with the country...

Contamination crisis

In pics: Questions asked about Fonterra's C. botulinum crisis timeline

As Fonterra battles for its reputation in countries that have received batches of its whey protein concentrate contaminated with the C. botulinum bacterium, it is also facing a fight on...

Mystery Indian firm to supply chewing gum cooling agent WS-23

An unnamed Indian company will soon rival a string of Chinese firms by supplying WS-23, a cooling agent that minimizes the bitterness of menthol in gum, according to the firm’s...

COKE ALLAYS FEARS, INSISTS WITHDRAWN DRINKS SAFE

Coke recalls Minute Maid in China after Fonterra botulism scare

The Coca-Cola Company has recalled a Minute Maid line in China after New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra warned that whey protein used in the drinks could cause potentially fatal botulism.

Contamination crisis

China issues limited Fonterra ban, Russian reports rubbished

Fonterra, the diary major at the centre of the C. botulinum scare concerning several batches of whey protein concentrate used to manufacture Nutricia’s Karicare infact formula, has confirmed that Chinese...

Contamination crisis

China halts import of NZ baby powder following botulinum contamination

Asia-Pacific health ministries are closely following developments following the release of a food safety warning by New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries before the weekend advising of instances of the...

Pasteurisation rival given green light for Indian milk

India’s food standards regulator has approved the use of SurePure’s proprietary liquid photopurification technology as an alternative process to thermal pasteurisation for milk and other dairy products. 

Formula register will help NZ crack down on false China-bound claims

New Zealand’s legitimate infant formula exporters are gearing up for the introduction of a brand register that the country’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is expected to introduce next month...

Biostime amends Chinese infant formula distribution contracts amidst anti-trust probe

Chinese infant formula manufacturer Biostime has made amendments to the contracts it holds with distributors to delete terms that guarantee fixed prices and price floors that may violate Chinese anti-trust...

Soapbox

'Evidence to break monopolistic monoculture of GE'

Last week, I travelled to the Chinese city of Kunming to attend the International Conference on Ethnic Food Cultures and Food Safety. 

Beijing plant is DuPont’s first step in ready-to-market probiotics

In 2011, DuPont bought a food processing plant to the north of Beijing and straight away began to convert it into a blending and packaging site for its dietary supplements.

Seaweed juice holds 'affordable' brain boost potential for Indian consumers

Researchers hope that a novel US patented beverage using seaweed juice could be sold as a ‘brain booster’ and an affordable health drink for Indian consumers and others worldwide.

News in brief

Mylan taps into Indian women’s care, plans further expansion

US-based Mylan’s Indian subsidiary has launched a range of eight women's care products that focus on hormone therapy, pre- and post-natal nutrition and the management of PMS. This follows the...

Case study

Quantec sees Japan as Asian entry point for dairy bioactive compounds

Much is made of New Zealand’s trade ties with China, but now a Kiwi dairy biotechnology company is now looking to break into Japan with its patented milk protein ingredients....

Sucralose eco-production process given green light in China

A Chinese company is preparing to debut a brand new environmental process that helps break down harmful byproducts from the sucralose production process.

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