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From regulation to public health campaigns, the priorities of governments, industry, civil society groups and other stakeholders feed into the policies and programmes that influence eating habits in Asia.

Saudi-Aussie scientists could be on the road to sweeter quinoa

The first high-quality reference genome for quinoa, the hipster's favourite grain, has been revealed through a Saudi-Australian research partnership.

FAO: Two-thirds of Yemeni households are now food insecure

The number of food insecure people in Yemen has grown by 3m in seven months, with an estimated 17.1m people now struggling to feed themselves, according to a joint assessment...

India

20% of Kerala foods found to be adulterated

Official data has shown that one fifth of all packed food items sold in the southern state of Kerala are either adulterated or misbranded.

Hedonists more likely to believe food industry nutrition and marketing claims: APAC study

People in Asia-Pacific with ‘hedonistic values’ are more likely to place their trust in food industry sources of nutrition information and make greater use of fast food and convenience outlets.

Lotte to face 'severe consequences' if it allows US missile system, warns China

China’s state media outlet Xinhua has urged Lotte to reject a US missile system on a golf course owned by the Korean conglomerate or face "severe consequences"....

Australia

Scientists need to ‘rethink’ approach to GMO engagement with public

When it comes to controversial science issues, scientists need to rethink their approach to engaging the public, according to the authors of a new study looking at women's attitudes towards...

One-in-five Indonesian homes experiences malnutrition double-burden: Jakarta the hotspot

More than 20% of Indonesian homes are thought to experience the double burden of malnutrition – both undernutrition and overweight/obesity – with households of a higher socioeconomic status most at risk.

China direct

Watchdog revises standards, begins regulatory process for online sales

Beijing was a hive of activity last week as regulators revised standards on an extensive range of food lines, and released draft regulations on online food services for public comment.

Most Aussies are battlers when it comes to dieting

Australian researchers have confirmed that most Australians over-think their approach to dieting, and by doing so they manage to derail their best intentions. 

Ifad grants Indonesia its biggest development loan in fund’s history

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad) has signed an agreement with Indonesia’s government to launch the biggest project in the fund’s 40-year history.

A 'golden age' of probiotics for premature babies? It depends on birth weight and strains: Meta-analysis

The use of probiotics on very low birth weight (VLBW) infants is associated with a reduced risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), late-onset sepsis, and mortality, but the effects on extremely...

Rice diversity could be central to more productive crops

Scientists have found that they can improve rice productivity by selecting varieties that are better at capturing sunlight to produce grains, instead of reflecting it as heat. 

Special Edition: Asia Pacific Feed Developments

EU-Sino mycotoxin alliance aimed at ‘level playing field’ in feed additive regulation

Dairy and pig trials to support the development of EU equivalent regulations on feed additives to detoxify mycotoxins are about to get underway in China.

This week Down Under

Junk tax and healthy subsidies would cost nothing and save billions

The Australian treasury could save billions of dollars each year if fruits and vegetables were subsidised and a package of taxes on sugar, salt and saturated fact were introduced.

Nepal’s offered agriculture road map as it prepares for federalism

Adjusting Nepal’s complex agricultural economy to a federalist system laid out by the new constitution will require some adjustment, though a new paper from the International Food Policy Research Institute...

Hong Kong upgrades quality standards system

Hong Kong’s quality assurance watchdog has teamed up with two foreign standards organisations to create a scheme to improve the traceability of products in a supply chain that sees more...

Expert panel established to drive forward India's national fortification plan

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has set up a panel of doctors and research scientists to prepare the final version of its food fortification laws –...

Australia ‘needs national obesity plan and soft drinks tax should fund it’: Health summit chief

The lack of a coordinated national approach to the Australian obesity epidemic is “unacceptable”, according to the Chair of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges, who is calling for...

Public health intervention needed to address 'poor' quality Australian diets

The overall diet quality of the Australian population is poor and targeted interventions for young-adults, males, the obese and those with lower socio-economic status are sorely needed.

UAE officially names food security as a national issue

The UAE has placed food security at the top of its policy priorities and will strive to deliver the “highest possible rates” of sustainability, according to a senior official.

Severe obesity rockets in Korea: Younger people at greater risk

Cases of severe and extreme obesity have doubled in Korea over the past 12 years, with people in their 20s and 30s most likely to be piling on the pounds.

South Asia Radius

Little for processors in India’s Budget, but rural sector will cheer

Reaction to last week’s Indian Budget has given rise descriptions ranging from “businesslike”, by a chamber of commerce chief, to “game-changing” by the head of Walmart India—though food processors might...

Special Edition: Asian Pacific Feed Developments

South Korean government rice decision will impact feed wheat imports: USDA

Despite an upturn in rice feeding in South Korea, US feed corn imports are expected to stay steady for that Asian country, says the USDA.

South Korea culls 195 cows and halts livestock transportation to stop spread of foot-and-mouth disease

The government of South Korea has confirmed a case of foot-and-mouth disease at a dairy farm in Boeun county, approximately 106 miles southeast of Seoul.

News in brief

Australia and Bangladesh discuss food safety standards

Australia has provided insights into standard setting to Bangladesh which is working on its food safety system.

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