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Unraveling the reasons behind Taiwan’s ban on GMOs in school meals

The regulation of GMOs in Taiwan is a complex story, as is the case worldwide, and the interplay of politics, science and business behind the scenes constantly modulates legislation, research...

We're just scratching the surface when it comes to the potential of fermented foods, says Farmhouse Culture CEO

We’re just scratching the surface when it comes to unlocking the potential of fermented foods in the US market, says the new CEO of Farmhouse Culture, a Portland-based firm specializing...

Anthocyanin from black rice used to make 'diabetic friendly' bread recipe

A recipe for making bread that could help diabetics better control blood glucose has been developed by food scientists from the National University of Singapore.

Chinese authorities split over antibiotic overuse

China’s top regulator for food safety has said overuse of antibiotics is a “prominent problem” for the country’s meat industry and has called for agriculture and meat processors to do...

Star fruit juice consumption may improve quality of life of the elderly

Researchers found that 40 healthy elderly subjects who drank star fruit juice daily for four weeks showed lowered secretion of pathological cytokines and increased ability for 6-minute walks.

Cambodian and Turkish foods get EU protected origin status

The EU has further expanded its protection of artisanal foods beyond Europe’s borders as it granted protected geographical indications to Cambodian Kampot pepper and a type of Turkish fig last...

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Scientists develop ‘breakthrough’ GM rice with increased iron and zinc

Rice scientists have made a “breakthrough” in genetic crop development through a process of biofortification to increase iron and zinc levels in rice. Their discovery, the researchers say, will have...

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Seaweed: An ocean of opportunity

Overlooked for so long, seaweed is finally becoming big business.

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Fsanz invites public submissions on dairy processing aid

The antipodean food regulator has called for public evidence in a bid to allow the use of an agarose ion exchange resin to extract lactoferrin from milk. 

Fonterra introduces longer lasting Anchor milk

Anchor Finely Filtered Milk, with a new microfiltration technology to extend shelf life by 40%, has been introduced in the Australian state of Victoria.

Part two in our series looking at the Australian prawn sector

Fish trimmings feed promising for Australian prawn farm

A high-protein feed made from salmon and tuna trimmings has shown promise in a three-year trial at a Queensland-based prawn farm, its manager says.

Study supports shelf stability of Sabinsa’s probiotic for functional foods

Sabinsa’s Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856 is shelf stable during processing and storage of functional foods, says a new study from the company.

‘Exploring natural sweeteners is our number one R&D priority’: Coca-Cola South Pacific

Australia looks to ‘next generation’ of Coca-Cola Life

Coca-Cola South Pacific and Coca-Cola Amatil are exploring the ‘next generation’ of Coca-Cola Life, further reducing calories in the beverage. 

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Scientists may have linked energy drinks with heart palpitations

South Australian researchers believe that more than two energy drinks per day could be the cause of fast heartbeat and palpitations.

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Philippines takes R&D to the provinces with new development centre

A food innovation centre has been established through a partnership between the Philippines Department of Science and Technology and Mariano Marcos State University in Ilocos Norte.

RSPO to crack down on ‘palm oil free’ labels

The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) will crack down on member companies claiming to have removed palm oil for environmental reasons.

How can food grown on Mars boost food security on Earth?

Dutch researchers have launched a crowdsourcing appeal for a project that will analyse the safety and nutrient content of food grown on Martian and lunar soil -  and the findings could...

Australian pork a ‘force to be reckoned with’

Dr Roger Campbell, CEO of Pork CRC, is expected to celebrate the competitiveness of Australian pork in a speech he will make later this month. 

Researchers in India use curcumin to create ‘functional ice cream’

Researchers from the National Dairy Research Institute in India sought to bring the health benefits of turmeric’s main metabolite—curcumin—into one of the world’s most popular treat: ice cream....

Approval of IBS claims in Canada to help Taiyo further differentiate Sunfiber ingredient

Japanese supplier Taiyo has bolstered the already impressive scientific and regulatory backing for its Sunfiber gut health ingredient with new approved health claims in Canada and others in Japan.

Coca-Cola’s VIO launches in India

Coca-Cola India has announced the pilot launch of its ready-to-drink, flavored milk product, VIO.

Mangosteen rind ups 'cheap chocolate' polyphenols by 50%: Research

Adding a mangosteen fruit by-product to cheaper low cocoa chocolates could improve their nutritional content without compromising flavour, researchers have discovered. 

Dateline Southeast Asia

Mamma mia! Thai insect company puts s-bug-hetti on the pasta menu

Thai edible insect processor Bugsolutely is taking on the pasta market with a product made with flour from ground crickets.

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Research council: Labels don’t inform Indians of what they are eating

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has called for stricter regulations to be applied to the labelling of packaged food in a bid to prevent non-communicable diseases that account...

Insects on a plate at food innovation conference

Edible insects, 3D printing and personalised nutrition are just three of the topics under discussion at Food Manufacture’s one-­day innovation conference – New Frontiers in Food and Drink 2016  –...

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