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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.

Australia

Industry applauds new food code, but does it go far enough?

Australia’s food and grocery champion has applauded the release last week of a new government code of conduct that will govern it.

Skipping breakfast may lead to diabetes and heart disease

Skipping breakfast may typically be associated with obesity but a recent study on young women suggested it could also lead to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and...

Australia

Abbott's U-turn brings country-of-origin labelling back to the table

Having earlier told food companies that it was their responsibility “not to poison their customers”, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has changed his view and announced that his government will now...

Not all foreign companies are familiar with food canning US FDA requirements

Registrar Corp claims not all foreign companies are familiar with food canning US FDA requirements as it celebrates National Canned Food Month this February.

Australia

Complementary health comes in from the cold

Complementary medicine may have been welcomed back to the fold after an official review panel added a new chapter on alternative health to the landmark discussion document on healthcare deregulation...

FAO

FAO: Food security requires ‘paradigm shift’ in agri-production models

Farmers must change their approach to production if the world wants to meet its food security challenges, the director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations said...

Philippines

Filipino food safety Act given more teeth and oversight

Ministers in the Philippines have signed off the regulatory side of their country’s Food Safety Act 2013, bringing new levels of oversight to the industry and placing greater responsibility onto...

China

China’s food poisoning deaths up slightly last year

The number of people dying of food poisoning grew slightly last year, with figures released by the National Health and Family Planning Commission showing an increase of less than 1%.

Australia

Researchers find impact of obesity on fertility can be reversed

Researchers believe they have discovered how damage from obesity is passed from a mother to her child, and also how that damage can be reversed.

Australia

Hep. A Chinese berry outbreak turns political with gov’t called to act

Consumer watchdog Choice Australia has called on the federal government to take action on country-of-origin food labelling in the wake of a recall of frozen mixed fruit linked to a...

News in brief

Tesco and Nestlé enlisted into Malaysian price reduction programme

Malaysia will launch a price reduction programme on March 1, according to the country’s trade and consumer ministry.

New Zealand

Orientation week drinking might be ‘gateway’ to heavy alcohol use

Male students who were light drinkers before starting university may be particularly susceptible to the gateway effect of heavy alcohol use during their first weeks in college.

Soapbox

Behind the rhetoric, industry relies on a contract of trust

Warren Buffett once said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”

China

Scientists sequence the vanilla genome

Chinese scientists have completed the genome sequencing of Vanilla shenzhenica, giving way to hopes that a synthetic version of the world’s second most expensive spice.

Briefing

Industry and MPs want hemp as a food, but ministers continue to resist

Late last month, a forum of Australian and New Zealand ministers met in Auckland to discuss a number of proposed and recently implemented changes and additions to the countries’ food...

New Zealand

Food security: One of humanity’s ‘most significant challenges’

While food security is nothing new, the scale and interconnectedness of the problem the world is now facing make it “one of the most significant challenges humanity has ever faced,”...

Innovations

From goon sack to cask: Australia’s wine box celebrates 50 years

One of South Australia’s best-loved inventions—alongside the Stobie termite-proof telegraph pole, the Hills Hoist clothesline and the Jump plough that doesn’t get stuck on rocks—the so-called “goon sack” was the...

Australia

Government urged to continue complementary health drive through budget

Australia’s non-pharmaceutical medicines lobby has called on the government ahead of the federal budget to reflect on the economic and health benefits its members have had on Australia’s healthcare system....

New Zealand

Mice study: TCM-derived flavonoid could quell diabetes symptoms

A study led by researchers in New Zealand suggests that an antioxidant can greatly improve symptoms related to obesity and type II diabetes by reversing inflammation in the brain caused...

New Zealand

Almost all NZ’s freshwater fish at risk of extinction

The majority of New Zealand’s native freshwater fish species are threatened or at risk of extinction, says a Canterbury University researcher.

Australia

Tasmania goes it alone in backing hemp food production

Even though a council of antipodean ministers has rejected calls to allow the use of hemp seed oil as a food, Tasmania’s government is planning to introduce legislation that will...

Probiotic pill shows promise in blood sugar management and battling diabetes: Rat data

A genetically engineered strain of human gut bacteria from the lactobacillus family could help to slash in incidence of high blood sugar by up to 30%, according to new research...

Cost, cynicism and frustration: Malaysian government launches own palm oil standard

The Malaysian government has launched its own sustainable palm oil certification standard – but will this add to or detract from sustainability and transparency efforts in the sector?

Briefing

Hemp lobby dashed after ministers block call for its use in nutrition

Australia and New Zealand’s health and food lawmakers do not appear to be backing down in their opposition to the use of low-THC hemp as a food following a meeting...

News in brief

Senior official defends China’s agriculture’s ‘safety guarantee’

China's agricultural products are generally safe and reliable, China’s chief agricultural economist has stated.

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