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Pan-Asia

70% of food executives rank food safety as most critical issue

More than seven in 10 of senior Asia-Pacific food executives polled said food safety would have the biggest impact on consumer preference this year.

Menopause herb under EU novel food evaluation

An extract of three herbal roots marketed for menopause is to be evaluated as a novel food ingredient in the European Union.

South Korea

Regulator: Korea must learn how to slow online dodgy diet pill sales

South Korea’s consumer regulator is warning consumers not to buy weightless pills over the internet from foreign sources after it discovered alarming amounts of banned drugs following an investigation into...

Asia-Pacific

UN bodies putting smallholders' livelihoods at risk

With two-thirds of Asia’s farmland now owned by just a handful of landowners, United Nations-backed policies to promote corporate agricultural production have been blamed for displacing farmers. 

India

Ficci: Banning plastics is not the solution

Banning plastic packaging is not a “viable option”, Indian businesses have warned ahead of an official meeting that will discuss a possible ban.

New Zealand treating 1080 infant formula contamination threat as 'live': MPI

New Zealand is treating the sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) infant formula contamination threat - detailed in blackmail letters to Fonterra and Federated Farmers - as "live."

Australia

Revolutionary transport model could save cattle hours in road trains

A new tool is helping reduce the cost and time of transporting cattle in Australia, which can account for up to 40% of the market price.

Nepal earthquake

Farming in critical state as planting season looms after earthquake

Millions of dollars are urgently needed to help disaster-struck Nepalese farmers resume preparations for the imminent rice sowing season, FAO has warned.

China

Xi: Farmers must have bigger role in China’s development

Farmers must play a greater part in China’s development through better links between urban and rural areas, the country’s president has told the Communist Party’s policy chiefs.

New Zealand

Student investigates 400-year-old herbal text for modern lessons

The University of Canterbury’s school of health sciences is conducting ground-breaking research into a Renaissance medico-pharmaceutical text that could hold invaluable recipes for healthy nutrition.

Asean

End in sight for Asean harmonisation of supplements regulations

The process to harmonise health supplement regulations in Asean nations is close to completion with the news that nearly 90% of the initial targets for agreement had now been achieved.

China

China gives new food law more teeth and tougher penalties

The standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress, the country’s top legislature, has voted to adopt an amendment to the food safety law that proscribes the heaviest penalties yet to...

Soapbox

GPs need schooling in complementary medicines

General practitioners need to gain a better understanding of complementary medicines, especially now that the Australian health minister, Sussan Ley, has announced a collaborative governance arrangement for future GP training. ...

New Zealand

Government accused of backing adulterators after butcher convictions

New Zealand’s food ministry has been accused of “dereliction of duty” by the opposition for what the Labour party called its failure to monitor toxic chemicals in red meat.

Australia

Labelling reform champion forms alliance to support family businesses

Two powerful influences in Australian industry, Family Business Australia and the Australian Made Campaign, have joined in partnership at a time when labelling is a cause of heated debate.

Kellogg Australia adopts health star ratings

Kellogg will run the voluntary health star rating system across its entire cereal range in Australia and New Zealand by the end of 2015, kick-starting with a handful of products...

China considering ban on infant formula advertising: Reports

China is considering a ban on the advertisement of infant formula, according to reports from the country. 

Harmonised Southeast Asia regulation complete by end of year

The Alliance for Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) harmonised health supplement framework will be up and running by the end of the year after over ten years in the making. ...

‘A powerful triumvirate of sport, alcohol and social media is emerging,’ say researchers

Brands are using social media to ‘normalise’ alcohol consumption as an integral part of a sporting experience, according to a study from Australia’s Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education.

Special Edition: Environmental footprint reduction initiatives

Experts look to tackle methane emissions in dairy herds in Asia and Africa

Dietary approaches from ration balancing to plant extract supplementation could boost milk yields in developing countries while supporting a reduction in methane emissions, said a leading Indian researcher.

New Zealand

Food industry technology may help critically ill patients

Technology used in the food industry to measure the antioxidant properties of edible plants, tea and wine could be adapted to monitor the oxidative stress of critically ill patients in...

Malaysian palm oil industry denies deforestation claims

The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) has denied claims of corruption and widespread export of palm oil from illegally deforested land.

Coles fined A$2.5m for ‘fresh’ bread claims

Australian supermarket major Coles must pay A$2.5m in penalties over false and misleading ‘fresh’ claims on its par-baked products, a federal court has ruled.

Australia

Fish oil during pregnancy could boost baby’s immune system

An Australian study has found evidence that women can help their babies develop strong post-natal immunity by taking fish oil capsules during pregnancy.

Australia

Regulate our industry fairly, demands complementary medicines industry

The representative body for the complementary medicines industry has responded to the government’s medicines review by calling for regulation that reflects risk, protects consumers, safeguards quality and promotes industry best...

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