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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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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.

Tata Global Beverages: Greenpeace pesticide study ‘confirms tea brands safe to drink’

Hindustan Unilever India and Tata Global Beverages insist their teas comply with legal standards and are safe to drink after Greenpeace said it found illegal pesticide traces in popular Indian...

News in brief

Countries must rethink global system to address food security

Global food systems can no longer rely on “business as usual”, according to a leading international economist.

China

Heinz recalls batches of infant cereal found to contain excess lead

Heinz's China operation has recalled four batches of one of its infant food lines after local food safety regulators said they had found “excessive amounts of lead” during an inspection. ...

CRN-I aims for new audience with supplement quality seminar set in Australia

The Council for Responsible Nutrition — International will reach a new audience with its annual supplement quality seminar with this year’s event set for Brisbane, Australia in October.

New Zealand

Study: Kiwi kids’ magazines to blame for promoting unhealthy food

Popular children’s magazines are contributing to unhealthy food marketing to children and adolescents, according to research from the University of Auckland.

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