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Poll shows overwhelming Australian support for legal medical marijuana

Nine out of every 10 Australians believe the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes should be made legal, according to a survey.

Far East digest

Less health risk for overweight Koreans than those who are underweight

Overweight Koreans may live longer than those who are underweight, possibly due to better awareness of the risks they faced, research has found.

Is RSPO certification becoming irrelevant?

Companies are increasingly demanding certified palm oil using criteria that are stricter than current RSPO standards – does the mean the RSPO certification is in danger of becoming irrelevant?

Interview with Carl Gibson, chief executive of Complementary Medicines Australia

Australian complementary health: State of the industry 2015

Although a jolly affair, the Complementary Medicines Australia annual conference a year ago took place to a backdrop of concern over the so-called race to the bottom in consumer preventative...

Guest article

Quality is more than compliance

The provision of high quality products is fundamental to the goal of the complementary medicines industry of enhancing consumers’ health.


Processed meat and cancer: Let's cut the nonsense

After reviewing years of research that had suggested a link, yesterday the WHO classified processed meat as carcinogenic. Cue sensationalist headlines and huge industry backlash against these ‘obviously biased claims’....


Milk scandal raises questions over China's new food safety law

Another dairy scandal has raged across Chinese media over the last month, overshadowing the introduction of China’s much-touted new food safety law and casting further doubts over the government’s ability to bring...

Far East digest

Japan joins Oman in setting up food and agribusiness fund

Japanese institutions will join Oman’s biggest sovereign wealth fund in setting up a joint US$400m fund to invest in food and agribusiness.

Imported dairy to be 'significantly impacted' by draft Chinese e-commerce law

China is tightening legislation surrounding cross border e-commerce (CBEC) - a move expected to “significantly impact" imported dairy brands.

China direct

More Chinese farmers using the internet to sell produce

Chinese farmers are increasingly taking to the internet to boost their income from their harvests.

Far East digest

Taiwan to begin process to define chocolate standards

Taiwan’s food regulator expects to begin a process whereby it will form a clear-cut definition of chocolate in a bid to weed out fake versions. 

Dateline Southeast Asia

Vietnam: Tougher penalties needed to stamp out food violators

A lack of tougher penalties and shortage of staff are hindering local authorities’ attempts to tighten control over businesses that violate food safety laws as more samples of meat, vegetables...

This week Down Under

Man appears in court accused of infant formula poisoning threats

After an 11-month police investigation, a man has appeared in an Auckland court charged with threats he allegedly made to poison infant formula with the controversial 1080 pesticide.

South Asia radius

India’s new GST tipped to appear next April

The long-awaited tax reform which will see the introduction of GST will be implemented from April 1, 2016, the official leading the preparations has announced.

Danone denies Indonesian health workers paid to promote SGM infant formula

Danone has dismissed allegations its Indonesian subsidiary encouraged health professionals in the country to promote its infant formula products.

News in brief

France and Japan to cooperate on food safety

France and Japan have signed a cooperation agreement around food safety.

Global seed data pool gains data of thousands of rice genomes

The International Rice Research Institute (Irri) has filed the genomic sequences of more than 3,000 rice varieties in a move that boosts plans to set up a global data exchange...

Drive for regional food security lessening, says SOAS professor

Food security has become less urgent for Middle East states, but many are still pursuing “macro food sovereignty” policies to ensure long-term supply, according to a SOAS academic.

South Asia radius

Ficci report: One-third of Indian pesticides are dangerous fakes

The use of fake pesticides use may jeopardise India’s status as leading exporter of food grains, fruits and vegetable, Ficci has warned.

Maggi fall-out

Food bodies demand criminal inquiry into ‘corrupt’ FSSAI practices

Industry groups have called for a criminal investigation into the practices of India’s food regulator, it has emerged.

China direct

China enacts ‘toughest food safety law yet’

After months of proposals and briefings, China has now revised its food safety laws for the first time in six years. 

Small businesses and social scientists must collaborate for a sustainable food chain

Food labelling and ethical certification aren’t as effective as we think - for a sustainable food chain, small and medium businesses need to team up with social scientists to create...

Europe increases pressure on Thailand over illegal fishing: 'Yellow card' update

The European Union (EU) will make a decision on whether to ban fish imports from Thailand by December, while the EU gave out ‘yellow cards’ for illegal fishing to Comoros...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Consumer awareness driving sea-change in modern slavery

AsiaInspection has released an authoritative white paper on modern-day slavery, a practice which the auditing and inspection company called “a highly disturbing reality that is woven into nearly every supply...

News in brief

Nestlé Pakistan: Research is one of the first steps towards food safety

Nestlé Pakistan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore.

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