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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

Australia to get national standard for free-range eggs

Australian consumers will finally have a clear definition for free-range eggs after state and territory ministers agreed to a New South Wales proposal to develop a national standard for free-range...

India

Modi calls for new emphasis on technology to fight rising food costs

New Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has vowed to control food inflation in the country by improving agriculture productivity through modern farm techniques and collaborations between academia and farms.

Australia

Australia's future sports stars are being bombarded by fast food ads

New research has shown that Australian children are being bombarded with unprecedented levels of ads for fast food and sugary drinks via food and beverage firms sponsoring community sports clubs.

Australia

Queensland wild rice could save crop if supply were to be compromised

The unique history of Australia’s wild rice means it could play a key role in tackling global food security as part of future breeding programmes, according to a leading plant...

Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture are crucial to food security and nutrition, says FAO

Urgent action is needed to address the adverse effects of overfishing, pollution and climate change on fisheries and aquaculture, says FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva.

Indonesian Minister and RSPO open to collaboration on joint sustainable palm oil standard

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Indonesian Vice Minister of Trade have announced that they are open to a collaboration to produce a joint sustainable palm oil...

China lifts temporary ban on British cheese exports

The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has welcomed China's decision to lift the temporary ban applied to British cheese exports.

New Zealand

New Zealand faces the gravest threat in obesity epidemic

Obesity is potentially the greatest public health threat New Zealand faces over the next decade, the country’s peak body for medical practitioners has revealed in a new paper.

Australia

Scientists hit back at multivit study for ignoring decades of research

With the argument over the pros and cons of multivitamin use raging in Australia following the publication of a series of contradictory studies on the subject, the Complementary Healthcare Council...

Australia

Three-quarters of deli meat in Adelaide would fail to meet standards

Hygienic food handling and standard food safety protocols are not being practiced at many of Adelaide’s supermarket delicatessens, according to a University of Adelaide study.

Agriculture

FAO and partners unlock carbon finance for herders and grazers

Poor land management has left large swathes of the world's grasslands degraded—an environmental problem with direct implications for livestock-dependent communities. However, a project has now succeeded in developing a means...

Australia

Oxfam slams food industry body over climate change

Global rights group Oxfam International has slammed Australia’s peak food industry body for in a report on the broader food industry’s failure to cut carbon emissions and adequately tackle climate...

Australia

Study finds whale waste could save declining fisheries

New research has revealed that Far from being a threat to fisheries, whales may in fact play a key role in sustaining fish stocks.

News in brief

Malay-Muslim groups want boycott after Cadbury pork DNA findings

More than 20 Malay-Muslim groups have called for a boycott of Cadbury products after pork DNA was found in two batches of the company’s chocolate, reports the Malay Mail Online . ...

New Zealand

New food bill places new emphasis flexibility and low compliance costs

New Zealand’s lawmakers have signed off on a new bill that that rewrites the country’s food safety regulations.

Comment

China is missing a trick by regulating midsize firms out of the market

Pacing through the hall of last week’s Fi Asia-Vietnam trade show in Saigon, something seemed very different. 

POIG sets new benchmark for responsible palm oil

A new set of indicators set out by the NGO-backed Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) aims to take responsible palm sourcing to a new level.

Australia

Scientists link poor pre-pregnancy diet with premature birth

Women trying to become pregnant should avoid junk food after scientists discovered the link between poor diet and an increased risk of giving birth prematurely. 

Australia

Green group calls for ban on nanomaterials

An environmental group in Australia has warned against the increasing use of nanomaterials in the food chain, calling for a ban on them until the further research on their safety...

FAO chief urges global commitment to tackle nutrition challenges

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has called on countries to put nutrition high on their national and international agendas, and to take a lead role in the upcoming Second...

Singapore

Scientists make brain breakthrough with long-term omega-3 potential

While research suggests the DHA omega-3 fatty acid is good for the brain, little has been understood about how it is absorbed. But now a new study by researchers in...

‘Blue growth’ is the basis for sustainable fishing, says the FAO

Poor farm practices and a heavy reliance on wild fish for feed threatens long-term sustainability, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Australia

10% of babies expected to develop food allergies in first year

One in 10 Australian babies will develop a food allergy by their first birthday, medical experts and health groups said while calling on the Australian government to recognise food allergy...

News in brief

Anger over Western Australia's ban on energy drinks during World Cup

The drinks industry has slammed as “absurd” Western Australia’s decision to ban energy drinks as mixers during late-night screenings of World Cup matches.

Australia

Budget largely positive for industry despite tough austerity measures

The food industry has come out largely in support of this week’s Australian federal Budget, which is being viewed by commentators as the toughest in two decades.

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