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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.

Southeast Asia

New bird flu strain causing concern for poultry producers in SE Asia

A recently-emerged strain of avian influenza virus in poultry in Southeast Asia represents a new threat to animal health and livelihoods and must be closely monitored, the United Nation’s Food...

Profile

Beekeeper picked to represent organic farmers in wider industry

A country boy, Peter Hastie has constantly been drawn to the importance of sustainable food production and health throughout his 15 year career on the land.

China

Approval system stopping supplements from reaching Chinese consumers

Chinese food authorities are stopping many of their citizens from gaining access to the best quality health supplements as a result of their onerous approvals process, according to one British...

India

Wanted: Investment by food processing entrepreneurs to combat wastage

Entrepreneurs must start to invest more in food processing if the country has any chance of reducing the amount of produce that is wasted, a government minister has warned.

Southeast Asia

'Ambitious' Asean supplements harmonisation process nearing its goal

Ten years into the process to harmonise the regulatory framework for nutritional and health supplements among Southeast Asian nations, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

News in brief

Norway stresses salmon safety in face of China virus fears

Chinese media reports are wrong and Norwegian salmon poses no danger to the health of consumers, the Norwegian Seafood Council has stressed after the Asian country’s government announced an end...

Taiwan

Supplier fined heavily in midst of Taiwan’s 780t recycled oil scandal

A Taiwanese food company has been handed a severe fine for selling lard made from cooking oil that had been recycled from kitchen waste and grease from leather processing plants.

India

New committee meets in bid to reform 'wasteful' food corporation

A high-level committee has met for the first time to investigate a restructure of the often-beleaguered Food Corporation of India (FCI) as the food-grains authority looks to strengthen and integrate...

Australia

Queensland team closing in on caffeine-free coffee plant development

It will soon be possible to grow premium-quality caffeine-free coffee, tea and cocoa, according to research by the University of Queensland.

China

11 arrested for 'distributing 90m toxic metal-laced capsules'

Police and food and drug administration officials in eastern China have arrested 11 people for manufacturing and distributing empty capsules laced with chromium. They are now attempting to trace all...

'AUSSIE ENERGY DRINK REGS TIGHTEST IN THE WORLD’ – ABCL

Coke Amatil backs Mother after mom blames energy drinks for son’s death

Coca-Cola Amatil insists all the ingredients in popular Australian energy drink Mother are safe to consume after a mother blamed excess consumption of such drinks on the death of her...

Australia

Industry body slams watchdog for reinventing the claims wheel

Australia’s complementary medicines chief has hit out at an an inquiry into “the promotion of false or misleading health-related information or practices” by the New South Wales committee of the...

FDA India closes packaging plant after it was caught reusing oil tins

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) India has closed down a packaging plant for palm olein oil after it discovered the owner was reusing old tins for the product, which...

Algae as cheap cattle feed supplement: University of Queensland shows how it is done

Australian beef producers and feed companies can benefit from a University of Queensland (UQ) project that is demonstrating how microalgae derived feed can be produced cheaply and efficiently.

Australia

Rat study finds how memories of junk food can change eating behaviour

A diet of junk food not only makes rats fat, but also reduces their drive to seek a balanced diet, according to researchers in Sydney.

South Korea removes ban on controversial beef feed additive zilpaterol

South Korea, a major importer of beef from the US, Australia and New Zealand, has lifted a ban on the use of animal feed additive, zilpaterol, in beef.

China

China’s ‘willingness to engage’ praised by US health food promoter

Chinese regulators’ have been hailed by an American industry representative for showing great “openness” following a multipartite discussion on the country’s new draft food safety law. 

Milling & Grains bite-size Science

Australia’s zero-weed tolerance, waterlogging in barley plants, the spreading wheat curl mite

Lessons from Australia in wheat herbicide resistance, waterlogging stress tolerance and how the wheat curl mite spreads.

News in brief

Australian dairy industry calls for selfies to raise FTA awareness

New Zealand’s dairy industry is milking its Australian counterpart out of A$30m a year, according to a dairy farming lobby group that is calling for a free-trade agreement to level...

Australia

Researchers make progress in finding how wines make drinkers feel

Australia’s wine industry needs to turn to the perfume industry to learn how wines affect a consumer’s emotions, according to a researcher from Adelaide. 

Insight

It is too early to praise industry for Thai prawn slavery meeting

When in June of this year, British newspaper The Guardian published a damning report tracing fishmeal that it claimed had been caught by workers kept in slave-like conditions, a public...

India

Chambers of commerce call for GM field trials

A leading industry body has called on India’s authorities to allow field trials of certain crops as a measure aimed at the poor by increasing food production.

Australia

Drinkers need to be told about the risk of cancer from alcohol

Curtin University researchers are now recommending the adoption of cancer warning labels for alcoholic beverages after a study they conducted found that Australians would take not be averse to seeing...

New Zealand

Being obese could make breast cancer treatment less effective

A patient's obesity may negatively affect a common drug that is used as part of the treatment to fight breast cancer in post-menopausal women.

Tea Board of India attacks ‘sensational’ Greenpeace wording in pesticide row

The Tea Board of India has attacked Greenpeace for ‘sensational’ wording in a report claiming teas sold by the likes of Unilever and TATA Global Beverages contain illegal pesticide residues.

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