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Hoyt's Food fined by ACCC over oregano claims

Hoyt's Food has agreed to pay an AUD$10,800 penalty for misleading oregano statements.

FOODEX JAPAN 2017

Indian SMEs need export support and technology partners, 'not purely cash investment'

Driving exports to Japan and securing new technology partners for manufacturers and suppliers should be the main priorities for the Indian food processing sector, according to exhibitors at FoodEx Japan.

‘Weak policies and slow progress’: Why Bangladesh’s nutrition programmes are failing to step up to the plate

Bangladesh’s considerable nutritional improvements in recent years can be attributed to wider economic and social progress, not specific nutrition-focused policies which have been branded ‘weak’ and ‘sporadic’.

Asia’s deadly diabetes epidemic: Disease linked to 26% rise in risk of cancer deaths

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is associated with a 26% increase in the risk of death from cancer in Asians, with people in the region also at greater risk of death...

Australia assesses problems from alcohol-related brain damage

About a third of young people in youth detention in Western Australia have alcohol-related brain damage, according to the country’s first study to assess young criminals for the condition.

China direct

China’s food-safety watchdog chief: ‘We could do better’

China’s food regulator has acknowledged that it still faces severe challenges in maintaining food safety, even though it has seen improvements in recent years.

Kuwait lifts trade ban on UK lamb in £15m deal

A ban on United Kingdom lamb to Kuwait has been lifted, following a new deal worth £15 million ($18m). 

Ifad boosts prospects for Cambodian farmers by easing access to credit

The United Nations’ agricultural funding agency will provide more than half of the US$62m set aside to expand commercial agricultural markets for 75,000 smallholder households and developing better links between...

Australian research

Nano-polluters could be engineered to clean up contaminated land

Controversial nanoparticles that are widely considered a pollutant are now being studied for their range of agricultural uses.

Six measures to slash obesity among immigrant children in Australia: Academics call for action

A number public policy, health and community measures have been identified by researchers in Australia to help reduce rising obesity rates among child immigrants.

Politician plugs Irish beef in Dubai

Premium Irish beef has benefited from government support in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, helped secure endorsement from one...

Branding, mass media and community outreach: How Vietnam boosted complementary feeding for infants

More infants in Vietnam received complementary foods thanks to a widespread social franchising, marketing and branding campaign that targeted new mothers, providing 'rigorous evidence' that such strategies can help combat malnutrition....

South Asia Radius

India predicted to attract more than $30bn in investment

Indian food processors are on track to tempt US$33bn in investment and generate employment for almost 10m in the next seven years.

Shanghai to test officials and food staff to hammer home new laws

Food safety officials and industry staff in China’s commercial capital will start being tested on new food safety laws, according to officials from the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration.

'Kids throw milk at each other...it's a waste of public money'

Sri Lanka students shun nutritious food and dairy due to raft of ‘social and cultural factors’

Students in Sri Lanka are not eating healthy diets and are shunning school milk programmes due to social and cultural factors, and until these are tackled the country’s double burden...

Soapbox

Death by 1,000 regulations: China’s policy of legislative attrition

China accession to the WTO was granted in 2001 and built on the foundations of the previous generation's great sacrifice during the industrial and agricultural revolutions, and the great economic...

Saudi-Aussie scientists could be on the road to sweeter quinoa

The first high-quality reference genome for quinoa, the hipster's favourite grain, has been revealed through a Saudi-Australian research partnership.

FAO: Two-thirds of Yemeni households are now food insecure

The number of food insecure people in Yemen has grown by 3m in seven months, with an estimated 17.1m people now struggling to feed themselves, according to a joint assessment...

India

20% of Kerala foods found to be adulterated

Official data has shown that one fifth of all packed food items sold in the southern state of Kerala are either adulterated or misbranded.

Hedonists more likely to believe food industry nutrition and marketing claims: APAC study

People in Asia-Pacific with ‘hedonistic values’ are more likely to place their trust in food industry sources of nutrition information and make greater use of fast food and convenience outlets.

Lotte to face 'severe consequences' if it allows US missile system, warns China

China’s state media outlet Xinhua has urged Lotte to reject a US missile system on a golf course owned by the Korean conglomerate or face "severe consequences"....

Australia

Scientists need to ‘rethink’ approach to GMO engagement with public

When it comes to controversial science issues, scientists need to rethink their approach to engaging the public, according to the authors of a new study looking at women's attitudes towards...

One-in-five Indonesian homes experiences malnutrition double-burden: Jakarta the hotspot

More than 20% of Indonesian homes are thought to experience the double burden of malnutrition – both undernutrition and overweight/obesity – with households of a higher socioeconomic status most at risk.

China direct

Watchdog revises standards, begins regulatory process for online sales

Beijing was a hive of activity last week as regulators revised standards on an extensive range of food lines, and released draft regulations on online food services for public comment.

Most Aussies are battlers when it comes to dieting

Australian researchers have confirmed that most Australians over-think their approach to dieting, and by doing so they manage to derail their best intentions. 

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