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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.

Feature

Australia to lead worldwide task force to save endangered honey bees

To help address the growing threat of dwindling honey bee populations, Australia’s government research organisation is leading a global initiative to investigate the causes of their decline. 

Dateline Southeast Asia

Low-cost tools to solve large-scale water problem

Climate change and the overuse of water in agriculture means water scarcity poses a growing threat to farmers, households and industry in Vietnam. 

India

FSSAI to revamp guidelines to include thousands more products

The public will have the best part of a month to offer input into new guidelines for proprietary foods, health supplements and additives as India’s food regulator sets out to...

This week Down Under

Research backs belief that tomatoes can trigger gout

Gout sufferers who maintain that eating tomatoes can cause their condition to flare up will likely welcome new University of Otago research that has, for the first time, found a...

South Asia radius

Traders demand withdrawal of advisories after latest FSSAI setback

Indian traders have written to the health minister to demand that any advisory issued by the country’s food regulator over the last two years be withdrawn after a court bench...

Wrigley pushes to up permitted level of Ace K for gum in Australia and NZ

Wrigley hopes to bring Australia and New Zealand's rules on levels of Acesulphame Potassium in gum in line with international standards.

Microbeads may boost UAE agriculture, says Masdar student

A research student at Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Institute is hoping to improve the UAE’s agricultural output through the development of specialist soil-improving microbeads.

Analysis

As Maggi affair nears conclusion, it's time to ask some questions

Over the last few days it feels like we’ve written about little more than the Maggi noodles affair in India. Thankfully it is reaching a conclusion. But still it raises...

Maggi given all clear by high court pending further tests

The Bombay high court has ruled that the chief executive of India’s food regulator, the FSSAI, had “acted in an emergent, drastic and arbitrary” fashion in ordering Nestlé to withdraw...

Key events in the Maggi affair

On June 5, India’s food regulator, the FSSAI, ordered nine lines of Maggi, the Nestlé noodle brand that dominates the market, to be removed from shelves in India.

Dateline Southeast Asia

EU and Vietnam close to concluding a free-trade agreement

India

Nestlé sued for $99m in government class action over Maggi noodles

Nestlé India has voiced its disappointment at the “unprecedented step” by the Indian government of going to the courts to seek nearly US$100m in damages for “unfair trade practices” in...

Editorial

Maggi action: The latest monsoon in a chai cup

Reactionary and radical moves by politicians and administrators who like to ride roughshod over common sense are unexceptional occurrences in India. 

13% in some countries compared to 43% in SE Asia

Europe has world's lowest breastfeeding rates: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says rising obesity rates among mothers and ready availability and attractiveness of formula has left Europe with the world’s lowest breastfeeding rates.

South Asia radius

Regulatory confusion will pave the way for the ‘inspector raj’

Regulations confusion will serve to allow the ‘inspector raj’ into the food industry

China

China looks at more ‘creative’ ways to boost farm production

China’s State Council has unveiled guidelines to increase agricultural production to promote more secure food supplies as the country modernises its agriculture system.

Mixed Maggi news for Nestlé as FDA gives all clear

Nestlé India’s Maggi noodles have been cleared by one Indian lab but failed tests in another as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given them the green light....

India

Minister satisfied despite Rs1tn cold-chain waste bill each year

India’s food processing minister has said her department was doing a “good job” as she reacted to a report that claimed that almost Rs1tn (US$15.7bn) worth of farm commodities is...

Australia

Supplements industry applauds regulator’s move to cut red tape

A move by Australia’s natural supplement regulator to cut redundant red tape has met with approval from the industry.

Fonterra fined NZ$192,000 for Eltham buttermilk dump stench

Fonterra has been fined NZ$192,000 (US$127,000, €115,000) by a court in New Zealand for its part in what has been dubbed the Eltham buttermilk stink. 

July: Which supplements were blocked at the EU borders this month?

Emu oil, impotence drugs and illegal oranges. Click on to find out which supplements were blocked at the EU borders this month. 

Soapbox

An ounce of prevention…

Benjamin Franklin’s quote that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is often used when referring to health, though he originally meant it in the context of...

How Modern Slavery Act affects food and drink firms

Big businesses – including food and drink manufacturers – will soon be forced to set out their plans to guarantee their supply chains are free from modern slavery, following new...

South Asia radius

20% of Indian food tests revealed adulterated or misbranded products

20% of Indian food tests revealed adulterated or misbranded products

Far East digest

Taiwan FDA cracks down on imports from Fukushima

Taiwan FDA cracks down on imports from Fukushima

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