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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.

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French and Korean agencies to work together

Agencies in France and Korea have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a focus on food safety.

This week Down Under

Study: Obese fathers pass on metabolic health to next two generations

A father’s metabolic health can be passed from generation to generation, affecting not only his children but also his grandchildren, Sydney scientists suspect.

South Asia radius

FSSAI’s emphasis has shifted over decade since Food Standards Act

A senior food official has called on all stakeholders to embrace a “shared responsibility” for food safety by participating in the development of food standards.

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Codex involvement will help represent different Asian needs - FIA

Food Industry Asia (FIA) has been granted observer status by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex).

Kerala’s ‘fat tax’ could shrink meat sales in India

Meat sales in the southern Indian state of Kerala are expected to fall after the imposition of a 14.5% ‘fat tax’ on western-style fast-food items.

China releases production plans for new nutrition darling: the potato

Just months after listing the potato as China’s fourth crop staple, Beijing planners have announced a raft of production goals in a bid to promote sustainability and improve land use...

NGOs call for soy, palm oil and beef deforestation laws

NGOs have urged the EU to expand regulations that curb deforestation beyond timber to encompass commodities like soy, palm oil and beef. 

Australian pork study finds eco-shelters slash emissions

Australian researchers have found that greenhouse gas emissions from pork farming are more than a third lower if eco-shelters are used. 

New Australian country-of-origin labelling 'doesn’t go far enough'

Australia’s new country-of-origin food labels are a good start, though there is plenty of scope to go even further, according to a leading food systems specialist.   

Australia

Prawn sperm secrets could free aquaculture from brood stock reliance

Discovering the secrets of how one of the world’s most popular prawn species produces sperm and transfers it to create the next generation could help free aquaculture from reliance on...

India

Potassium bromate banned following bakery investigation

The long-running potassium bromate in bread affair seems to have reached a conclusion, after India’s food regulator banned the chemical—a common bakery additive.

Dubai’s $44bn industrial strategy targets food sector

Dubai wants to become a key food distribution and production hub for the Middle East, as part of its new 2030 Industrial Strategy which aims to add US$44bn to the...

Egypt agriculture in chaos amid fraud and inefficiency

Egypt launches an investigation into potentially widespread fraud in its wheat procurement process, as the USDA claims wasteful food and agribusiness policies cost the country US$800m a year.

Australia/New Zealand

Regulator seeks opinions on a raft of new food safety proposals

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has called for submissions on four new amendments to antipodean food safety regulations covering the use of water in wine production, propionates in processed meat,...

New Chinese guidelines recommend reducing meat consumption by half

The Chinese government has detailed a plan to reduce its citizens’ meat consumption by half, leading climate campaigners to cheer a policy which they expect will go a long way...

French MPs drop palm oil tax - but accuse producer countries of blackmail

French politicians have dropped the proposed palm oil tax, leading some politicians to say the country is being blackmailed by producer countries. "We are legislating with a knife at our throats," said one....

China and America play leading role in spreading invasive species

Wealthy countries such as China and America pose the greatest threat to global crop production by being leading sources of invasive species, according to Australian research, which also found that...

Australia

Research shows that those with long commutes are generally heavier

People who drive an hour or more a day are significantly heavier and wider at the waist than those who spend 15 minutes or fewer behind the wheel, research shows.

Food security bleak, says NGO report

The outlook for food security in the Middle East is not hopeful, but growing pressure may start to force policy change across the region, according to the International Food Policy...

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China broadens role in helping FAO to promote food security

Ancient Chinese agricultural systems will benefit poor rural areas in countries as far afield as in Africa and Latin America after officials in Beijing agreed to intensify their partnership with...

China

CFDA rapped for loopholes and politically incorrect practices

China’s anti-corruption agency has published a report that highlights a raft of alleged failings by China’s food and pharmaceuticals regulator identifies widespread loopholes and derelictions of duty in its practices....

IOI damage raises questions about RSPO standards

The damage caused by IOI’s deforestation and peatland drainage is “far greater” than that detailed in the complaint that led to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil suspending the supplier back in...

Meat & Livestock Australia rebukes criticism of ‘world-leading’ program

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has hit back at criticism from the Australian Beef Association over its meat quality program.

EU states sweat on Japanese beef trade approval

Seven EU member states are eagerly awaiting approval from Japan to increase its imports of European beef, following its recent restoration of trade with Italy.

Australia in talks with Japan to lift trade ban

The Australian government is in talks with political counterparts in Japan after the latter imposed a trade ban on live cattle imports, following a virus outbreak.

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