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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

Complementary medicines could save A$3bn from healthcare bill

Speaking at the complementary medicines industry’s national conference Sydney, the chief executive of Complementary Medicines Australia welcomed a report by Frost & Sullivan to show a robust link between some...

Agriculture

Four to one: Crop pest discovery could have wide-reaching benefits

An entomological discovery should lead to the easing of some international trade restrictions, according to the Food and Agriculture Office of the United Nations.

Taiwan

In pics: Two months of food scandals rocks Taiwan

Recent reports that international furniture retailer Ikea has been using expired milk in its ice cream is the latest scandal to rock Taiwan. We take a look at a tense...

Taiwan

Taiwan opens food safety office in wake of latest ‘gutter oil’ scandal

Hit by a succession of high-profile recent scandals involving industrial oil used in food processing, Taiwan’s government has launched a food safety office as a means to quell public outrage...

Australasia

Regulator to review request to delay transition to new fibre claims

Australasia’s food regulator has released a consultation paper on the back of calls by an Australian food industry body for the start date for new dietary fibre content claims to...

Australia

Forget five: Eight fruit, veggie portions a day makes people happier

Fruit and vegetables have been identified as a vital key to mental well-being by researchers in Queensland, challenging nutritional recommendations around the world.

Australia

Abbott government eyes complementary healthcare for deregulation

Tony Abbott’s crusade to cut Australian bureaucratic red tape will now target the complementary medicines industry by considering a greater acceptance of international standards.

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.

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