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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.

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False claims still blighting Indonesia’s functional food sector despite tighter rules

Misleading health claims are still rife in Indonesia despite tighter functional food rules, claims a new association set up to ‘professionalise the industry’.

China seemingly backtracks on tougher e-commerce rules providing a boost to supplement and food firms

China’s Commerce Ministry appears to have halted plans for more stringent cross border e-commerce rules, meaning many goods will still be regarded as personal trade, rather than for commercial distribution. ...

Syrian government turns again to Russian for wheat supplies

A media report has revealed that Syria’s state grain buyer has agreed to purchase 1.2m tonnes of Russian wheat.

FAO DG chides Egypt over crop choice as water stocks drop further

The head of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has called for an “urgent and massive response” to the problem of critically low water reserves in the Middle East and...

UN reveals scale of Yemeni food crisis after years of war

Seventeen million Yemenis face “crisis” levels of food insecurity, according to the latest United Nations humanitarian analysis of their war-ravaged country.

UAE prepares double-pronged assault on nutrition in schools

Dubai’s municipal authorities will soon begin to apply updated nutrition guidelines in school canteens to encourage healthier choices, while Abu Dhabi is engaging a task force to wage war on...

US-China trade war threat analysed

The threat of a trade war between two of the world’s most powerful countries China and the United States is low, but analysts warn it could dramatically damage pork trade....

96% of Indians dissatisfied with e-commerce labelling laws

Almost all of the thousands of respondents to a recent Indian survey on e-commerce supported legislation to force sites to reveal logistical details of the products they sell.

Indian regulator claims to have streamlined food import norms

Importers must now obtain licences from the Indian regulator before exporting food to the country, as part of new rules notified this month.

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VIDEO - Singapore’s war on diabetes: Industry, academics and government 'need to line up like hunters'

With a staggering one million Singaporeans forecast to have type 2 diabetes by 2050 – that’ll be one-sixth of the population – this month’s Nutrition Asia video assesses what is...

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Saigon gets first ever food safety department

The former deputy director of Ho Chi Minh City’s health department has been named head of the city’s first food safety board.

Better knowledge and more dairy: How Malaysia can help tackle national diabetes surge

There is vast scope to improve glycaemic control among type 2 diabetics in Malaysia by boosting nutrition knowledge and the intake of dairy, a cross-sectional study has found.

China could retaliate to US posturing as trade crisis brews

A trade dispute hovering between China and America has the potential to become a fully fledged trade war, especially while western trade ministers grapple to find ways to ward off...

Vietnamese pork regularly contaminated with bacteria, finds study

Pork sold across Vietnam’s wet markets regularly carries food poisoning bacteria, such as Salmonella, according to researchers.

Dateline Southeast Asia

H5N1 outbreak progresses in northern Malaysia

A week after the first cases of H5N1 avian flu were found in northern Malaysia, the outbreak has spread to more districts, though at the time of writing no human...

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Canberra plans four new research centres

The Australian government will build four new centres dedicated to research into food, farming, honey and logistics.

India

FSSAI extends amnesty for trans fat licences

India’s food regulator has extended the deadline for companies to comply to its notification on the maximum limit of trans fatty acids. 

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Food safety ministry told ‘could do better’ in five-yearly report card

A five-year audit has uncovered severe flaws in India’s food safety apparatus, with the government’s chief auditor accusing officials of botching investigations and employing too few enforcers.

Why schizophrenia may be the leading health consequence of the Great China famine

A new systematic re-analysis of prenatal exposure to the Great Chinese Famine of 1959-61 suggests that schizophrenia may have been the leading health consequence.

Thai chicken farmers stamping out slavery win government recognition

Over 1,000 chicken farmers will receive a certificate from Thailand’s government that states the broiler growers adhere to strict anti-slavery standards. 

Singapore steps up avian influenza prevention measures

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has moved to reassure consumers that the nation’s poultry and poultry products are safe for consumption following an outbreak of H5N1 avian...

Indian regulator hears further calls for junk food labelling

Nutritionists have once again been calling for food authorities to introduce a labelling system to denote junk food, similar to the green spot that is mandatory for vegetarian foods.

Findings support European model

Kids given alcohol by parents 'less likely to binge drink'

Children whose parents give them alcohol have double the risk of drinking in the longer term, though they are less likely to binge drink.

Fsanz appoints new CEO to replace McCutcheon

Mark Booth has been named as the new chief executive of the antipodean food regulator, after six years as a senior civil servant in the health ministry.

'Intervene in the community': Supplements boost nutrition in elderly and help maintain independence, Korea trial reports

A two-week course of a liquid supplement improved the nutritional status and reduced inflammation in elderly people living in community settings, a new trial from Korea reports.

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