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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.

Indonesia

Indonesia’s plantation war with foreign conglomerates continues

Indonesia continues its fight against the foreign domination of its plantation industry and, in particular, crude palm oil (CPO).

State of food and agriculture

Crucial to food security, family farms need greater support

Nine out of 10 of the world's 570m farms are managed by families, making the family farm the predominant of agriculture, and consequently a potentially crucial agent of change in...

China

China pledges millions to support food security, agri-sustainability

China has announced a US$50m donation to the Food and Agriculture Organisation to support the UN body’s programme of "South-South cooperation" to improve food security and promote sustainable agricultural development...

Show us proof there aren’t slaves in your supply chain, UK gov tells big firms

The UK government wants big businesses to present annual evidence of the actions they have taken to ensure their supply chains are slavery free.

"We aren’t going to wake up one day and everything will be crystal clear; there’s going to be some trial and error going through it.”

Godsend or Godzilla? What will Japan’s new health claims system look like?

Japan will implement a new health claims system that is set to supersede its strict FOSHU regime in April 2015 – just six months away – but what form will...

China

Over half of food inspections in mainland China failed last quarter

Orders for food inspections in mainland China—almost half of which have failed—have increased at a fast rate in the wake of recent food scandals, a report by quality-control services provider...

'It's a great change...': Japanese food industry readies for new health claim laws in 2015

Japan’s innovative but restricted €25bn functional foods and food supplements sector is about to be handed a set of game-changing marketing keys by the government, industry players told us at...

Hawaii based project leading to a 'paradigm shift’ in insect based feed production

“Our reactors can generate more protein that an acre of soy. Moreover, our process does not use herbicides, or fertilizer, and also diverts food waste from landfills,” said Robert Olivier,...

Australia - feature

Young binge drinkers risk compounding mental health issues

Research has shown that binge drinking by youngsters with existing mental health issues can risk exacerbating their condition.

Protein from dairy, but not soy, activates key target for muscle synthesis: Study

Breakfasts rich in protein from dairy, but not soy, could stimulate mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin), which is known to cause muscle cells to increase protein synthesis, says a new...

Taiwan

Minister quits as Taiwan gutter oil investigation reaches conclusion

Taiwan's health chief, Chiu Wen-ta, has resigned in the wake of the gutter oil scandal that has embroiled the country over the last month.

New Zealand

Kiwis gaining six hours’ life expectancy a day, but are still too fat

New Zealanders have never been healthier in terms of heart disease, with death rates plummeting since the 1960s, according to Kiwi cardiac epidemiologist, Professor Rod Jackson.

Australia

Combined data technique could help nutrition monitoring

A new combination of household food purchases and nutrition data is being used to assess population exposure to sodium, saturated fat and sugar in New Zealand.

Australia

Consumer Commission: Grocery code welcome, though with provisions

In welcoming industry efforts to develop a code of conduct to address unfair practices in the grocery sector, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has called for issues around enforceability...

Australia

Consumer Commission: Grocery code welcome, though with provisions

In welcoming industry efforts to develop a code of conduct to address unfair practices in the grocery sector, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has called for issues around enforceability...

China

Chinese regulator: All sexual potency claims are false

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has warned consumers not to purchase health supplements that claim to increase sexual potency, saying that such claims are not genuine.

Coles banned from ‘fresh’ bread claims for 3 years

Australian retail major Coles has been banned from making ‘freshly baked’ bread claims on its par-baked products in store following a lengthy court case with the Australian Competition and Consumer...

Australia

Deregulating complementary medicines would save A$70m a year

Australia’s complementary healthcare industry lobby has called on Canberra to embrace deregulation of non-pharmaceutical medicines as a means to reduce costs while safeguarding consumer health.

Southeast Asia

How has RSPO responded to deforestation from palm oil plantations?

Having completed a review of RSPO, Gary Paoli of Daemeter Consulting outlines how the sustainable palm oil certifier has fared in addressing key market demands. 

Southeast Asia

New bird flu strain causing concern for poultry producers in SE Asia

A recently-emerged strain of avian influenza virus in poultry in Southeast Asia represents a new threat to animal health and livelihoods and must be closely monitored, the United Nation’s Food...

Profile

Beekeeper picked to represent organic farmers in wider industry

A country boy, Peter Hastie has constantly been drawn to the importance of sustainable food production and health throughout his 15 year career on the land.

China

Approval system stopping supplements from reaching Chinese consumers

Chinese food authorities are stopping many of their citizens from gaining access to the best quality health supplements as a result of their onerous approvals process, according to one British...

India

Wanted: Investment by food processing entrepreneurs to combat wastage

Entrepreneurs must start to invest more in food processing if the country has any chance of reducing the amount of produce that is wasted, a government minister has warned.

Southeast Asia

'Ambitious' Asean supplements harmonisation process nearing its goal

Ten years into the process to harmonise the regulatory framework for nutritional and health supplements among Southeast Asian nations, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

News in brief

Norway stresses salmon safety in face of China virus fears

Chinese media reports are wrong and Norwegian salmon poses no danger to the health of consumers, the Norwegian Seafood Council has stressed after the Asian country’s government announced an end...

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