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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.

Australia

Wine school will study viniculture advances in face of climate change

A wine research centre that will help the industry face up to challenges posed by climate change, water restrictions and changing consumer preferences has been launched at the University of...

Indonesian navy sinks illegal fishing boats

The new Indonesian government has blown up around 30 boats fishing illegally to send a strong message on sustainability, Indonesia’s director general for Fisheries Product Processing and Marketing at the...

Lead level concerns in Maggi Noodles prompt Nestlé India response

Nestlé has hit back at orders from an Indian food safety authority to recall Maggi noodles because of lead levels.

Soapbox

Review offers chance to co-operate with global complementary community

As Australian authorities review the way they regulate complementary medicines, they could uncover a real opportunity to implement more harmonisation between countries. It just needs to be found if this...

India

Funding freeze adds to Greenpeace’s woes as more states okay GM trials

With Greenpeace India reeling after a government-led block to its funding, the number of state governments that have voiced their approval for field trials of genetically-modified crops has grown to...

Meet execs from Sparkling ICE, Chobani, Tio Gazpacho, NASA

Innovate or die: Introducing Food Vision USA... from 3D printing to personalized nutrition

Imagine a place where you can meet the entrepreneurs behind new food & beverage categories and retail channels; pioneers in the field of nutrigenomics, edible insects, and 3D printing; food...

Futurology

Megatrends that could throw the world into freefall

What will the future look like, and how should we respond to changes brought about by disruptions like technology and the changing environment?

Improve haulage regulations to cut food waste, says Massar

The UAE should tighten transport regulations to reduce food waste, according to hauler Massar Solutions, as it suggests the country wastes more than 3m tonnes of food a year.

Australia

Victoria sets out agenda to reduce its salt menace

The total number of deaths caused by high salt intake in Victoria is six times higher than the Australian state’s annual road toll, according to its health promotor.

Leading emerging countries match poor nutrition patterns of the West

For consumers in newly wealthy countries like China and South Korea, nutrition is not improving at anywhere near the pace their nations’ economies are growing, a leading think tank believes. ...

China

Can China’s new farm strategies boost food and nutrition security?

China will only manage to feed itself if its policymakers continue to shift their ideals from self sufficiency towards a heavier reliance on international trade and stronger property rights for...

Pan-Asia

70% of food executives rank food safety as most critical issue

More than seven in 10 of senior Asia-Pacific food executives polled said food safety would have the biggest impact on consumer preference this year.

Menopause herb under EU novel food evaluation

An extract of three herbal roots marketed for menopause is to be evaluated as a novel food ingredient in the European Union.

South Korea

Regulator: Korea must learn how to slow online dodgy diet pill sales

South Korea’s consumer regulator is warning consumers not to buy weightless pills over the internet from foreign sources after it discovered alarming amounts of banned drugs following an investigation into...

Asia-Pacific

UN bodies putting smallholders' livelihoods at risk

With two-thirds of Asia’s farmland now owned by just a handful of landowners, United Nations-backed policies to promote corporate agricultural production have been blamed for displacing farmers. 

India

Ficci: Banning plastics is not the solution

Banning plastic packaging is not a “viable option”, Indian businesses have warned ahead of an official meeting that will discuss a possible ban.

New Zealand treating 1080 infant formula contamination threat as 'live': MPI

New Zealand is treating the sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) infant formula contamination threat - detailed in blackmail letters to Fonterra and Federated Farmers - as "live."

Australia

Revolutionary transport model could save cattle hours in road trains

A new tool is helping reduce the cost and time of transporting cattle in Australia, which can account for up to 40% of the market price.

Nepal earthquake

Farming in critical state as planting season looms after earthquake

Millions of dollars are urgently needed to help disaster-struck Nepalese farmers resume preparations for the imminent rice sowing season, FAO has warned.

China

Xi: Farmers must have bigger role in China’s development

Farmers must play a greater part in China’s development through better links between urban and rural areas, the country’s president has told the Communist Party’s policy chiefs.

New Zealand

Student investigates 400-year-old herbal text for modern lessons

The University of Canterbury’s school of health sciences is conducting ground-breaking research into a Renaissance medico-pharmaceutical text that could hold invaluable recipes for healthy nutrition.

Asean

End in sight for Asean harmonisation of supplements regulations

The process to harmonise health supplement regulations in Asean nations is close to completion with the news that nearly 90% of the initial targets for agreement had now been achieved.

China

China gives new food law more teeth and tougher penalties

The standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress, the country’s top legislature, has voted to adopt an amendment to the food safety law that proscribes the heaviest penalties yet to...

Soapbox

GPs need schooling in complementary medicines

General practitioners need to gain a better understanding of complementary medicines, especially now that the Australian health minister, Sussan Ley, has announced a collaborative governance arrangement for future GP training. ...

New Zealand

Government accused of backing adulterators after butcher convictions

New Zealand’s food ministry has been accused of “dereliction of duty” by the opposition for what the Labour party called its failure to monitor toxic chemicals in red meat.