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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.

Gulf countries breached Australian slaughter rules for Eid sacrifices

Australian livestock exporters have identified unapproved supply chains in use in the Middle East over the recent Eid al Adha festival of sacrifice.

Dubai prepares to be home to world’s first global halal standard

The UAE is poised to unveil the world’s first international halal certification network as the Dubai-based International Halal Accreditation Forum drafts a set of bylaws that should come into operation...

Australian meat bodies clash over data criticism

The war of words between Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and the Australian Beef Association (ABA) has escalated, following criticism of the MLA’s Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI).

'Sound science' vital to boost faith in Asia's functional foods and supplements

Asia’s functional foods and supplements industry needs to stop making unfounded health claims, while also better educating policy makers about the sound science behind its reputable products.

Southeast Asia

Food companies have role to play in tackling obesity and malnutrition

Manufacturers must re-engineer processed foods share research in a bid to tackle the double burden of malnutrition across Southeast Asia.


Salt-tolerance breakthrough: Animal protein also found in crops

Australian researchers have made a breakthrough in investigating salt tolerance in plants which could lead to new salt tolerant varieties of crops, and also answer unresolved questions in plant biology.


Sugar review: Rewriting history to expose a non-existent conspiracy

Last week, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an historical analysis of internal sugar industry documents.

'Bias at all levels': Scathing review published into sweetener-funded research

University of Sydney and Ramazzini Institute researchers are claiming widespread bias in industry-funded research into artificial sweeteners, arguing those financially backed by business are far more likely to have favourable results....

Australian grain yields up, but aphid could lead to big crop losses

The newly released official forecast of crop productivity in South Australia predicts that the 2016-17 winter harvest will be 12% above the five-year average, though the discovery of an aphid...

Multiple lysine forms support growth, production of catfish, Nile tilapia

Channel catfish and Nile tilapia diets provide platform for comparing forms of lysine used in feed, say researchers. 

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New Zealand and China extend food safety partnership

A scholarship programme between New Zealand and China boosting understanding of each other’s food safety systems has been extended for two more years.

Australian nutrition industry cheers landmark changes to regulation

Australia’s natural nutrition and complementary health industry has received a “once in a lifetime” boost after the government gave the green light to a raft of changes to how businesses...

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Intertek accredited to certify exported products

Intertek’s food testing laboratory in Hyderabad has been accredited by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).

WHO calls on communities to tackle over- and undernutrition in SE Asia

The World Health Organisation has called on all layers of society to address the double burden of malnutrition across Southeast Asia, particularly in cases affecting women and girls.

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China ramps up inspections of regional food safety authorities

Beijing will send inspectors to provincial governments to review their food safety records as part of a wide-reaching annual assessment of progress.

WFP distributes food to Iraqi town following two-year siege

World Food Programme of the United Nations has distributed food in and around Qayyarah after a siege had made the northern Iraqi town inaccessible for over two years.

Dubai to implement smart halal logos to improve traceability

Dubai Municipality has signed an agreement with a Swiss traceability company for a smart inspection solution for food products that will deliver a digital halal logo and a smartphone app.

Indian police have beef with biriyani

The north Indian state of Haryana has the second-highest number of complaints reported to the police, but authorities have bizarrely been tasked with sniffing out beef-laced biriyani. 

Australia’s livestock export chief visits Middle East amid black market concerns

Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council chairman Simon Crean has visited the Middle East to iron out welfare and black market concerns worrying Australia during Eid’s bumper trade period.

Australia to look into dairy industry

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce has announced an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) inquiry into the country’s dairy industry.

Southeast Asia

Industry lauds success of self-regulated nutrition labelling plan

The Southeast Asian food industry’s efforts to transform food labelling have been lauded by a report that analyses a growing movement to post guideline daily nutrition amounts.

China direct

Hongkongers warned to avoid unhealthy mooncakes

Hong Kong authorities have warned the public against buying mooncakes with high levels of sugar, fat and sodium ahead of the Mid-Autumn festival later this month.

South Asia radius

Indian, Australian academics collaborate for salt tolerant rice study

Scientists from India and Australia will collaborate towards the development of a strain of rice that is tolerant to salt water. 

Singapore and Malaysia lead the way with voluntary GDA labelling roll-out

‘Significant progress’ has been made in rolling-out voluntary Guideline Daily Amounts (GDA) nutrition labelling in Asia over the past four years, but more work is needed to educate consumers and...

Nestlé expert: Personalised weight management best way to tackle Asia’s obesity timebomb

Asia has a chance to tackle obesity through a more personalised approach to weight management providing it avoids the mistakes made in the West where not enough attention was paid...

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