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WHO: Governments responsible for beating diabetes epidemic

The World Health Organisation has called on governments in South Asia to take vigorous and concerted action to “prevent, treat and beat” diabetes, which has reached epidemic proportions and is...

South Asia radius

Regulator issues post-Maggi clarification on MSG stance

The presence of monosodium glutamate from natural sources in noodles and pasta is not illegal under food safety legislation, India’s food regulator has announced in a bid to end confusion...

China direct

Shanghai expands blacklist to incorporate stricter penalties

Food regulators will expand Shanghai’s food and drug blacklist to include individuals and companies that are found to use expired materials in food production, in a move prompted by recent...

UN General Assembly proclaims ‘Decade of Action on Nutrition’

In a move the United Nations has called a major step towards reducing hunger and improving nutrition around the world, its General Assembly has heralded a “Decade of Action on...

News in brief

Shock tactics used in latest Thai diabetes awareness campaign

The Diabetes Association of Thailand has taken a shocking approach in its latest awareness campaign by using images of confectionery to create a frightful picture of infections and festering wounds...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Study: Tropical ecosystems pay the price for underpriced agriculture

While international trade may generate economic benefits to agricultural exporters in the tropics, a groundbreaking study by National University of Singapore researchers reveals that benefits from trade cannot compensate for...

Operation Opson V

Interpol-Europol busts dodgy weight loss supplements in massive global fraud fight

A global crack down on food fraud coordinated by Europol and Interpol across 57 nations has captured a South Korean-based racket selling contaminated online weight loss food supplements.

Australia

Survey suggests blokes should man up and swap barbie for kitchen

Australian men are being called to ditch the takeaway and start cooking meals at home after a recent survey found one in four needed to “man up in the kitchen”.

News in brief

New app is latest attempt by government to bring technology to farmers

India’s agriculture minister has launched a mobile app to provide farmers with information relating to best cultivation practices, resource conservation, and new varieties of crops and farm machinery.

Bangladesh gets new regulator to oversee revised food safety law

Bangladesh’s new food safety regulator will commence operations in April with a brief to prevent the production and sale of adulterated food items, the country’s food minister has announced. ...

South Asia radius

Minister mulls tobacco-style health warnings on food packaging

Packaged foods containing high levels of fat, sugar or salt could be forced to display health warnings similar to those on cigarette packets if a suggestion by India’s consumer affairs...

South Korea hit with bird flu outbreak

Just one month after securing its bird flu-free status, South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed bird flu has been detected near the country’s capital, Seoul. ...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Malaysia to propose Asean-wide food safety certification

Malaysia intends to push for a common food safety certification system among fellow Asean member states to drive global competitiveness.

Soapbox

Certification, effort of ethics and the Island Life journey

There is no questioning the market appeal of ethically based products. Companies increasingly seek to source raw materials that have been endorsed by any one of a number of certifying...

This week Down Under

Baby of the family is least likely to be breastfed

A family’s youngest child is most likely to miss out on breastfeeding, according to an Australian study that also found that a woman’s education level and the number of children...

Mondelēz partners in Melbourne hub for research into SE Asian markets

The Asia-Pacific arm of Mondelēz has collaborated with Melbourne University to open a food research hub to learn about consumer behaviour in Asean markets.

Minister seeks to transform India into a food processing re-export hub

India’s food processing minister has called on international food companies to manufacture their products in India’s “mega food parks” before re-exporting these to a country of their choosing.

South Asia radius

Businesses call for FTA reform as Indian exports continue to fall

Business leaders have called on the Indian government to conduct a thorough review of the country's trade agreements as experts predict this year’s exports will slump to 2010 levels.

Greenhouse gas mitigation potential from livestock sector revealed

Australian scientists believe that the world’s livestock sector could account for up to half of the global agricultural, forestry and land-use sectors’ potential to mitigate greenhouse gases while still maintaining...

China first soil pollution law due in 2017

Having declared war on pollution in 2014, Beijing is hoping to pass China’s first law to govern soil contamination next year to curtail damage caused by decades of industrial growth...

New technique enables fast, accurate measurement of bacteria levels

Chinese-led research has found a fast, accurate and non-invasive technique for monitoring the growth of pathogenic microorganisms that makes it easier to estimate the amount of bacteria within food containers...

China direct

TV sting prompts official investigation into leading food delivery app

China’s most popular food delivery app has found itself at the centre of a television exposé amid claims that its service breaches food safety laws and faces fines pending an...

Apac must provide the thrust in eradicating global poverty

Asia-Pacific has the potential to lead the world in the complete eradication of poverty and hunger, according to the head of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

Malaysian health inspectors to probe bamboo chopsticks for chemicals

Malaysian officials will study disposable chopsticks to determine whether they pose risks to public health.

Vietnamese lagging behind in stature due to poor diets

Unbalanced diets with too much sugar and salt and too few vegetables have been blamed for the substandard stature of Vietnamese people.

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