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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.

Childhood obesity in India 'biggest threat to future generations'

India will have the second largest childhood obesity problem by 2025 in what has been described as “the greatest threat to future generations.”

China direct

Most Chinese ‘fake news’ stories involve food safety

Most fake news stories in China concern food safety, according to a online verification team set up by Tencent.

Home-based treatment with local therapeutic food helps tackle child malnutrition in India: Trial

Locally prepared ready-to-use therapeutic food is the best option for tackling severe acute malnutrition among Indian children, a trial has found.

Aussie alcohol-reduction campaign found to be 'world’s most effective'

A graphic advertisement showing how alcohol can work its way through the bloodstream and increase the risk of cancer has proved to be the most persuasive commercial of its type. ...

Frailty and low income causing poor nutrition among Japanese elderly

Poor social support, economic disadvantage and frailty have been identified as key factors for low dietary variation and therefore poor nutrition among elderly Japanese adults.

Foreign firms could get 40% tax breaks for Egypt investments

A proposal to offer tax breaks to several business segments including the food industry is being considered in Egypt in a bid to encourage much-needed overseas investment in the country.

Deal gives Indian regulator access to 70k international food standards

An agreement between India’s food regulator and an American regulatory consultant will provide the FSSAI with access to a database of over 70,000 international standards governing food, additives and contaminants.

Iron deficiency in Korea: Clinicians underestimate health consequences, study states

A large number of Korean infants and young children still develop iron deficiency anaemia despite increased breastfeeding rates, improvements in public health and a rise in iron-fortified food, a recent study...

China direct

State Council repeats calls to get tough on food safety

China’s top lawmakers has again voiced its determination to beef up food-safety supervision this year, and ensure food quality meets “international levels”.

Children have ‘non-negotiable’ right to good nutrition amid dismal Indian health survey findings

Ninety percent of Indian children are not getting the proper nutrients crucial for their development, a new survey has found.

Dateline Southeast Asia: Halal

Mindanao eyes US Islamic trade, though it must first tailor standards

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s advance on the global halal market continues as it prepares to sign an agreement with Islamic authorities in America.

From Andes to Abu Dhabi: Quinoa’s ‘major role’ in Gulf agriculture

Gulf states are being urged to look to an Andean super-food beloved of hipsters as a staple crop at a time when groundwater supplies are dwindling and and remaining sources...

India in brief

FSSAI moves to regulate organic traceability

India’s food regulator will clamp down on the traceability organic foods with new standards to ensure the organic status of product claims.

Fruit consumption linked to lower risk of diabetes, study of 500,000 Chinese people reports

Greater consumption of fresh fruit is associated with a lower incidence of diabetes, as well as reduced complications in people who already have the condition, a large-scale observational study of...

South Asia radius

Lychees to blame for hundreds of mysterious child deaths in Bihar

A mystery illness responsible for the deaths of more than 100 children a year in the northern state of Bihar has been identified as lychee poisoning.

US and China to ‘flesh out’ beef deal

White House representative Sean Spicer has confirmed Chinese president Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump did discuss expanding beef exports, amid rumours China has relaxed restrictions on US beef.

Of thousands of HK food samples, just a handful failed safety tests

All but four out of 9,200 food samples tested for adulteration by Hong Kong government’s Centre for Food Safety in the last year have been found to be satisfactory.

Chinese authorities take to social media to reassure anxious consumers

China’s food regulator has outlined the measures it has been taking to promote safety in the wake of numerous adulteration scandals.

FAO and Irri collaborate for Apac rice sustainability programme

The International Rice Research Institute will work more closely with the UN’s agriculture agency to support sustainable rice production in developing countries in a bid to improve food security.

Looming GCC sugar tax could be expanded to include food

Companies will not shoulder the increased cost of a selective tax that could increase the price of soft drinks by half once it is introduced in six Gulf countries.

FAO: Agriculture support more important than human aid in Syria

Syrian agricultural production “can and should be kick-started” after the huge damage it has endured during years of fighting.

Korea to seek permission to begin halal exports to UAE

The UAE will soon begin negotiations with South Korea over allowing produce with local halal certification to be recognised in the emirates.

UAE ban for Croatian poultry as bird flu hits country

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has banned a number of live bird and poultry product imports from Croatia, following an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

Weight gain before conception can triple risk of gestational diabetes

Weight gain in the years leading up to conception can triple the risk of gestational diabetes, with the odds also increased for mums-to-be who gain weight but still maintain a...

European Parliament votes in favour of strict new palm oil measures

Today the European Parliament voted to implement tough new palm oil resolutions, which if enforced would see its elimination from use in biofuels and enforce stricter regulations on production and...

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