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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.

Heavy metals from China's farmland put consumers in Australia at risk

The risk of consuming harmful heavy metals by eating produce from China’s heavily polluted farmland is now so great that one Australian industry body has warned a parliamentary inquiry due...

Analysis

Aus and NZ must have guts to nuke alien invaders

Isolated from the rest of the world, New Zealand and Australia are critically at risk from alien invaders of the most threatening kind: biological pests from overseas that prey on...

China to keep up high grain production tempo

China will continue to maintain a high rate of self-sufficiency in major grain output in order to achieve its food security target over the next decade, according to an official...

Don’t waste taste, say researchers with new technique to study chewing

How do food processors know how much salt is needed to give peanuts the best flavour and how much goes to waste? An Australian research team hopes to provide the...

Sydney oysters found to act as sensitive contamination indicators

Sydney rock oysters could have a role as biomonitors of the health of waterways, acting as sensitive indicators of harmful levels of contaminants in water and sediments.

Pollution

China in a battle to save its farmland

Mainland China has a nation-threatening soil pollution problem, with areas equivalent to double the size of Spain covered in polluted soil, a government survey has revealed.

Analysis

FDI, combined with agri reforms, is the way to fix Indian supply chain

Everybody goes on about India’s vexing issue of food storage, FoodNavigator-Asia included. The trouble is nobody has done much about the problem in generations, and there’s little in the way...

World’s longest-running rice research project marks 150th harvest

The International Rice Research Institute is marking the 150th harvest of its Long-Term Continuous Cropping Experiment (LTCCE), the world's longest-running rice research project.

Asia produces nearly half of world’s greenhouse gases from agriculture

Developing nations in Asia are responsible for 45% of the world’s greenhouse gases, with overall emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries doubling over the past 50 years, according to new...

Aussie rules football league criticised for its stance on supplements

The Australian Football League’s release last month of a new list of prohibited treatments has been criticised by the country’s main complementary healthcare body for its claim that supplements are...

Food industry winners and losers in BJP’s election manifesto

With India’s lengthy election process now underway, the expected frontrunner, the Bharatiya Janaya Party, has released its manifesto, and while the food processing industry as a whole could stand to...

Kiwi academics unite over high-value nutrition ‘challenge’

Five Kiwi institutions have joined forces in a NZ$80m joint project to address one of the New Zealand government’s 10 big science challenges.

Coles admits to misleading campaign during AU$1 milk wars

Supermarket giant Coles painted a misleading picture of the dairy industry via a social media campaign at the height of the A$1 milk wars last year, Australia’s top consumer watchdog...

Banned, but Indians still consuming GM foods

A government panel has said that even though India doesn't allow commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops, its citizens are knowingly or unknowingly consuming GM processed foods.

Australia will not take the lead on GM wine

A key stakeholder in Australia’s booming wine industry has revealed that the country’s winegrowers are not going to take the lead when it comes to genetically modified (GM) wine production. ...

Australian government to look into 'Made in Australia' claims

The Australian government has said that it will look into the current system of country of origin food labelling, attempting to uncover and then clamp down on the misuse of...

Heinz updates barcode readers to prevent infant formula export errors

Heinz has installed “advanced” barcode readers at a British infant formula plant to ensure the premium products it manufactures for Chinese consumers aren’t confused with the standard powder destined for the...

India’s tea industry gets a new code

The Tea Board of India has announced a new set of guidelines for Indian tea growers under a voluntary code, with an aim to improve the quality of tea produced...

US claims India has put up walls in food trade

A new report from the Office of the United States Trade Representative has claimed that India’s policies in the food sector are posing significant barriers to trade between the two...

General Mills ramps up palm oil pledge to consider deforestation

General Mills has strengthened its pledge to source fully traceable palm oil by next year, with explicit focus on counteracting deforestation.

Doctors fear drop in breastfeeding if formula firms policed themselves

Fearful of a drop in breastfeeding rates now that the Australian government has scrapped an independent panel that overseas on the proper use of breast milk substitutes, doctors are calling...

Front-of-pack labelling gets more support in Australia

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, which is one of Australia’s biggest health unions, has thrown its weight behind a front-of-pack labelling system for food sold in Australia.

UAE urged to avoid the mistakes of other countries

A leading investor has warned the UAE not to make the same mistakes as other nations when it comes to food security. 

NZ strengthens agri-ties with Saudi Arabia

The New Zealand government has committed NZ$6m (US$5.1m) to establish an agribusiness service hub in Saudi Arabia.

Dubai takes first step to become halal hub

With the international halal market worth over US$1tn, Dubai is moving ahead with long-hatched plans to position itself as a global halal hub. 

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