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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.

RSPO Next draws mixed reactions over environmental stance

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil's RSPO Next allows manufacturers to demonstrate a tougher stance on deforestation, forest fires and peatland clearance – but it has been slammed by Greenpeace which says...

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If Mexico’s soda tax really works, why are tax revenues still rising?

In January, the much respected British Medical Journal published a paper which aimed to test the success of the Mexican sugar excise tax, which had been levied on sugar-sweetened drinks.

China’s first welfare code for feed lots, slaughterhouses due in June

China will have its first draft animal husbandry and slaughtering standards code by June, according to the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), which is working with 30 domestic livestock breeding...

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Fsanz calls for public submissions on herbicide-tolerant modified corn

The antipodean regulator has called for evidence in support of an application to permit food made from a corn line that has been genetically modified to be tolerant to two...

Natural healthcare stakes case for Australian government policy

Australia’s booming complementary medicines segment “epitomises the goals” of the government’s science agenda and its drive to support smart ideas, the industry’s representative body believes.

China

Authorities outline plans to boost sustainable farming

Beijing has released a policy document to show how state authorities aim to encourage sustainability in agriculture through improved efficiency and environmental protection.

Tripod Farmers recalls lettuce linked to Salmonella illnesses

Tripod Farmers has recalled pre-packed lettuce linked to an outbreak of Salmonella.

News in brief

New Singapore food regulations come into effect

Amendments to Singapore’s food regulations have now come into force, according to a circular from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore. 

This week Down Under

Kiwi grocers come out in praise of TPP ahead of its Auckland signing

Despite widespread anticipated opposition when the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact is signed this week in Auckland, New Zealand’s grocers have voiced resounding approval of the trade pact.

Modi names Sikkim as India’s first fully organic state

India’s prime minister has officially named Sikkim the country’s first fully organic state 13 years after the local legislature set its sights on the title.

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Lab shows worrying levels of mycotoxin in Chinese produce

Around 6.2% of China’s annual grain yield is contaminated by mycotoxins every year, according to research by the Chinese Academy of Engineering. 

China direct

Prediction: China to have world’s safest infant formula in a decade

In the next decade, China will have the safest infant formula available anywhere—just 10 short years after China's melamine scandal (writes Paul O’Brien of Chemlinked). 

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Two food safety memorandum of understandings signed

Two different memorandum of understandings have been created around food safety.

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NZ assessing next step to reduce cases of campylobacter

The New Zealand food safety minister has said that the country’s campylobacter strategy is being reviewed to achieve further reductions in levels of the food-borne bacterium in chicken.

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Vietnam targets food poisoning reduction as a priority in 2016

Food safety officials in Vietnam have highlighted the prevention of food poisoning outbreaks among its priorities for 2016. 

Philippines and New Zealand establish food safety pact

The Philippines has signed an agreement with New Zealand to strengthen co-operation in food safety between the countries.

Feature

Orchard process provides cool solution to heat stressed vines

Evaporative cooling systems are being used in South Australian vineyards as part of a project to protect grapes during heat waves ahead of harvest.

Product recall in Western Australia

Lion Dairy & Drinks and Coles are undertaking a recall of a number of products manufactured on Saturday 23 January 2016 at Lion’s Bentley dairy site in Western Australia as...

India

Pune bans unhealthy snack foods from school system

Pune’s education authority has banned food high in fat, salt and sugar in public school canteens with immediate effect.

44.9% of food samples fail Lucknow safety tests

Almost 45% of the 289 samples collected by the Food Safety and Drugs Administration laboratory in Lucknow failed food safety testing in the final nine months of 2015.

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Authorities investigate illegal use of poppy seeds by restaurants

Dozens of restaurants have been investigated for the addition of poppy capsules and other illegal ingredients to food following a nationwide sting by China’s food safety regulator.

China direct

Shanghai officials trial new ‘instant testing system’ for adulteration

A pilot programme to weed out the presence of illegal additives is being carried out in Shanghai by food safety officials.

Poultry imports blocked by Saudi and South Korea

South Korea has banned imports of US poultry, while Saudi Arabia has embargoed French poultry as pathogenic strains of avian influenza beset the US and France. 

Australia

Fsanz seeks submissions on GM corn and irradiated food labelling

The antipodean food regulator has called for opinions on a genetically modified corn line and released a consultation paper on the existing labelling requirements for irradiated foods.

FSSAI sets out tougher regulatory red tape for imports

India’s food regulator has introduced stricter requirements across a number of food safety logistical practices in a bid to prevent sub-standard products from entering the country.

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