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Dubai officials clear Milka bars social media spreads alcohol rumours

A simple labelling mis-translation gave rise to widespread rumours that an international chocolate brand’s formulation contained alcohol, Dubai authorities have revealed following a probe.

Authorities hunt for contaminated pig meat in Hong Kong

Hong Kong authorities have identified the distribution of pork from contaminated imported pigs, which were sent to more than two-dozen retailers across the city.

Officials swoop on New Zealand man flogging illegal meat

A sting operation to investigate a New Zealand man believed to be selling meat illegally was carried out today by the country’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

India may allow vegetable fats in chocolate

Vegetable fats such as palm oil may be permitted in chocolate up to 5% under draft regulation from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

42.5% of residents in India’s capital are diabetic, study reveals

More than two in five of Delhi residents are diabetic, a study has found, placing India’s capital just ahead of Mumbai, where 38.5% of the population suffer from the condition.

Modern-day slavery at Thai poultry farms risks 'polluting' supply chain

Poultry meat importers risk “polluting their supply chains” by relying on Thai producers that abuse workers’ rights and must press them to uphold the law, according to a prominent migrant...

Qatar could see ‘sin tax’ once VAT is introduced

Qatar could see the introduction of “sin taxes” as the government seeks new ways to fund spending over the next three years, according to a ministerial report.

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FSSAI increases scientific panels as charm offensive continues

India’s food regulator has increased the number of scientific panels that inform it, and boosted the frequency of their meetings in the wake of the Maggi instant noodles controversy that...

Taiwan reviews safety of two flour additives

Taiwan’s food safety authorities are evaluating whether regulations governing the use of two additives to flour products should be amended.

China’s delivery platforms get new food safety regulations

Food sold online will be governed from October by new food safety regulations that will bring strict penalties for violators, the China Food and Drug Administration has announced.

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French and Korean agencies to work together

Agencies in France and Korea have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a focus on food safety.

This week Down Under

Study: Obese fathers pass on metabolic health to next two generations

A father’s metabolic health can be passed from generation to generation, affecting not only his children but also his grandchildren, Sydney scientists suspect.

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FSSAI’s emphasis has shifted over decade since Food Standards Act

A senior food official has called on all stakeholders to embrace a “shared responsibility” for food safety by participating in the development of food standards.

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Codex involvement will help represent different Asian needs - FIA

Food Industry Asia (FIA) has been granted observer status by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex).

Kerala’s ‘fat tax’ could shrink meat sales in India

Meat sales in the southern Indian state of Kerala are expected to fall after the imposition of a 14.5% ‘fat tax’ on western-style fast-food items.

China releases production plans for new nutrition darling: the potato

Just months after listing the potato as China’s fourth crop staple, Beijing planners have announced a raft of production goals in a bid to promote sustainability and improve land use...

NGOs call for soy, palm oil and beef deforestation laws

NGOs have urged the EU to expand regulations that curb deforestation beyond timber to encompass commodities like soy, palm oil and beef. 

Australian pork study finds eco-shelters slash emissions

Australian researchers have found that greenhouse gas emissions from pork farming are more than a third lower if eco-shelters are used. 

New Australian country-of-origin labelling 'doesn’t go far enough'

Australia’s new country-of-origin food labels are a good start, though there is plenty of scope to go even further, according to a leading food systems specialist.   

Australia

Prawn sperm secrets could free aquaculture from brood stock reliance

Discovering the secrets of how one of the world’s most popular prawn species produces sperm and transfers it to create the next generation could help free aquaculture from reliance on...

India

Potassium bromate banned following bakery investigation

The long-running potassium bromate in bread affair seems to have reached a conclusion, after India’s food regulator banned the chemical—a common bakery additive.

Dubai’s $44bn industrial strategy targets food sector

Dubai wants to become a key food distribution and production hub for the Middle East, as part of its new 2030 Industrial Strategy which aims to add US$44bn to the...

Egypt agriculture in chaos amid fraud and inefficiency

Egypt launches an investigation into potentially widespread fraud in its wheat procurement process, as the USDA claims wasteful food and agribusiness policies cost the country US$800m a year.

Australia/New Zealand

Regulator seeks opinions on a raft of new food safety proposals

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has called for submissions on four new amendments to antipodean food safety regulations covering the use of water in wine production, propionates in processed meat,...

New Chinese guidelines recommend reducing meat consumption by half

The Chinese government has detailed a plan to reduce its citizens’ meat consumption by half, leading climate campaigners to cheer a policy which they expect will go a long way...

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