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Top official gets tough on food safety during inspection tour

One of China’s most senior legislators has called on companies to follow food safety regulations, while also instructing government officials to deal harshly with transgressions.

Spotlight on Turkish regulation: 'It's an easy market to enter'

Harmonisation of Turkish and EU food law make it an easy and attractive market for foreign companies, but on issues that affect public health - such as nutrient profiles, health...

Feature

Courts, controversy and CSR – the palm oil story

There were more twists and turns this week in the controversy surrounding the IOI group, which was suspended by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) last month.

Genomics pioneer set to beef up Australian cattle industry

Genomic selection could provide massive productivity gains to the Australian beef industry now that a Queensland University genomics expert is focusing his research on improving the A$5bn (US$3.7bn) a year...

Nearly $10,000 worth of meat stolen last month in Auckland

Almost NZ$10,000 worth of meat was stolen from grocery stores and food retailers in the city of Auckland, New Zealand, for the month of April. 

News in brief

Beijing releases reserve pork

Chinese news agency Xinhua revealed that Beijing has released 3.05 million kilograms (kg) from its frozen pork reserves into the market in an effort to ease pork supply pressure and...

India

Regulator cracks down on illegal packaged drinking water manufacturers

India’s food regulator has directed state food safety officials to identify cases where packaged drinking water brands do not carry either the FSSAI or Bureau of Indian Standards’ certification marks,...

Government must free infrastructure to boost India’s competitiveness

India could save up to US$50bn a year an be more competitive in global market if the proportion of GDP spent on warehousing and infrastructure were reduced from 14% to...

South Asia radius

Vimto returns to India as Nichols signs production deal with Iceberg

Vimto, an iconic global beverage brand, is due to make a comeback in India after its British manufacturer, Nichols Plc, agreed licensing terms with Delhi-based Iceberg foods.

News in brief

200 kilos of meat seized in Pakistan

News outlets have reported that 200 kilos of unhygienic meat have been seized from two houses during a raid in Pakistan’s district of Faisalabad.   

Singapore prepares for $15m study to demystify diabetes

Singapore researchers hope that a S$20m (US$14.7m) project will “change diabetes’ natural course” in a country whose diabetic population is expected to top 1m by 2050—more than double the current...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Sugar tax one step closer to implementation in Thailand

Soft drinks could cost up to 25% more in Thailand after the National Reform Steering Assembly’s health panel approved by 153 votes to two a proposal to increase taxes for...

New corn policy could prompt shift in Chinese agri-production

By cancelling the corn temporary purchase and storage policy after eight years, Chinese authorities may have precipitated a seismic shift in the country’s corn and its deep-processing industries through this...

Bird's-eye vine view could show stresses in wider Aussie agriculture

A project in South Australia’s Coonawarra region has brought remote sensors and aerial imagery to maximise irrigation efficiencies in one of Australia’s most famous wine growing areas.

Judges rule on what constitutes a ‘New Zealand made’ supplement

Just making a product in New Zealand is not enough to earn it a "New Zealand made" label, the country’s Commerce Commission has warned.

Australia & NZ

Regulator mulls ‘all other foods’ maximum residue limit for chemicals

The antipodean food regulator has called for submissions on a proposal to create an “all other foods” maximum residue limit for some agricultural chemicals.

China's youth obesity prevalence grows from 0.03% to 17.2% in 30 years

China is paying the price of adopting a western lifestyle with soaring childhood obesity, according to a 29-year study of nearly 28,000 children and adolescents. 

WHO and FAO want feed industry data to help manage E.coli risk

Two UN bodies have initiated a global call to solicit data in order to help them provide scientific advice to guide the development of appropriate Codex standards or guidelines on...

Philippines readies drones to assess disasters' impact on agriculture

In a bid to stay ahead of the negative impacts of climate change and natural disasters, the Philippines government has started to use unmanned aerial drones to assess where farmlands...

Report: Almost all Vietnamese cattle and seafood farms use antibiotics

A staggering number of cattle seafood farms across large areas of Vietnam have been found to feed their stock antibiotics, the country’s animal welfare authority has found.

News in brief

Shanghai city-wide food safety hotline gets 300k calls in four years

A Shanghai hotline that allows members of the public to lodge complains about the food they buy has received around 300,000 calls since it was set up four years ago.

Chinese halal legislation taken off the table once again

Lukewarm reaction to a draft law on halal food has prevented it from being listed in China's legislative work plan for 2016 in spite of an announcement last month by...

South Asia radius

India’s ‘Green Revolution’ at risk from El Niño and climate change

Shortly after a train carrying 500,000 litres of water arrived in the drought-hit Maharashtran district of Latur, a report has revealed the extent to which India is “drying out”, and...

China direct

Chaotic distribution system provides fertile ground for fake formula

Chaotic sales channels are to blame for Chinese counterfeiting scandals such as the recent case involving 22,600 cans of fake milk powder produced and sold under the brands of US...

Diabetes’ cost to Singapore’s economy estimated for the first time

The cost of diabetes to Singapore’s economy, estimated at S$1bn (US$740m) in 2010, is predicted to grow to S$2.5bn by 2050, according to the first ever study of its kind...

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