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US Senators: We need faster GM approval process by China

Several US Senators have called on the Obama administration to make the approval process for GM products a focus in upcoming trade talks with China.

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UNIDO helps in setting up Egyptian food safety agency

Egypt has signed two agreements with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) including helping to create the Egyptian Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Singapore prepares national Diabetes Action Plan as government and academics plough in resources

Singapore health officials will launch the county’s first Diabetes Action Plan next year in response to the City State being identified as having the second-highest proportion of diabetics among developed...

Aldi and Menora hit by ACCC action on oregano

Aldi and Menora must regularly test to prove products labelled as 'oregano' are what they say they are, following action from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Three things RSPO needs to do to avoid falling down the ‘anti- globalisation chasm’

Palm oil certification body RSPO needs to avoid becoming the next victim of the anti-globalisation and anti-establishment backlash that is sweeping the globe by getting closer to local growers and...

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Malnutrition affecting child cancer treatment in India

Young cancer patients in Delhi, India, will soon get nutritional support from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as part of their treatment regime.

UAE bans two ‘health risk’ supplements after FDA intervention

Two supplements have been banned from sale by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention after receiving advice from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Australian carcase measurement scheme to reduce cost of grading

Plans have been announced to install objective carcase measurement (OCM) technology across all AUS-MEAT registered slaughter facilities in Australia. 

NTU to open food safety research centre in Singapore

A new research centre to develop more efficient and sustainable food technology is in the pipeline at a Singapore university.

Australia-New Zealand

Regulator considers permitting use of all minor steviol glycosides

The antipodean food regulator is surveying opinion on an application by a natural sweetener company to permit a wider range of steviol glycosides for use as intense sweeteners.

Guest article

Palm oil industry under fire as Indonesia’s haze drama continues

Haze from slash-and-burn agricultural has returned to Southeast Asia this year. Is it enough to wait for regulators to bring the (mainly palm oil) culprits to justice? Asian resource legal...

Some RSPO members are ‘first-class hypocrites’: The scathing personal view of palm oil boss (who also happens to be the organisation’s co-chair)

RSPO co-chair and boss of Malaysia’s United Plantations Berhad, Dato’ Carl Bek-Nielsen gave a measured address at the opening of the organisation's RT14 conference in Bangkok.

This week Down Under

Obesity named as Australia’s biggest health challenge

Obesity has overtaken smoking to become Australia’s biggest public health challenge, one of the country’s most senior health practitioners has warned.

Routine malnutrition screening for COPD patients ‘vital’: Vietnam study

Researchers in Vietnam have argued that routine screening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients could avoid the development of malnutrition and its associated risks, costs and complications.

Hong Kong and EU universities partner for food safety centre

European universities are to work with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) on food safety.

Pioneering test could 'revolutionise' measurement of infant malnutrition in developing countries

A new low-cost test to measure early-stage infant malnutrition that is suitable for use in areas with limited electricity and little health expertise has been developed by University of Sydney...

India

Maharashtra looks at fast-food fat tax to curb obesity

The state of Maharashtra is considering imposing a so-called “fat tax” on fast food in a bid to push residents into eating more healthily. 

Soapbox

Food-safety milestones: Turbulent times and expanding capabilities

The past few years have been tumultuous in the food industry, with unfortunate food safety incidents eroding consumer trust in the supply chain and governing bodies stepping up to implement...

South Asia radius

Beverage industry licks wounds after regulatory and GST notifications

The Indian food regulator has amended the national food regulations to include a definition for carbonated fruit beverages, much to the disappointment of beverage makers, who are still reeling at...

Dubai’s kebab makers in shawarma drama following rule changes

Dubai authorities are believed to have closed almost half of all the emirate’s shawarma stands after new food safety and hygiene regulations came into effect at the start of this...

TPP will undermine seafood safety - Food & Water Watch

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will undermine seafood safety in the US, according to Food & Water Watch.

Dubai takes steps to reduce childhood obesity, boost food security

Dubai Municipality is to hold a forum to investigate ways to address the obesity issue among the emirate’s schoolchildren, according to officials.

India

Goa the go-to state for FSSAI’s community food safety programme

India’s food regulator has singled out Goa as a potentially model state for promoting food safety habits among consumers.

Measures announced to boost India’s sagging cold chain

The government will soon introduce a scheme to develop crop-specific infrastructure that is designed enable farmers to become entrepreneurs and start their own food-processing or cold-chain transportation businesses.

News in brief

Nationwide strike hits flagship child nutrition project in northern India

A flagship policy to tackle child malnutrition in Uttarakhand, India, has been hit by a nationwide eight-week strike of Aganwadi health workers.

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