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Dairy farmers hit hardest by new South Australian wine planning laws

A recent decision by lawmakers in South Australia to protect Adelaide’s two main wine regions from urban sprawl has quite literally stepped on the toes of angry dairy producers.

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SE Asia’s first deoiled lecithin plant on the anvil

With Berg + Schmidt’s Indian deoiled lecithin plant in India now working to capacity, the lipid company has joined with its Volkmar Wywiol stablemate, Sternchemie, to invest in a Singapore plant...

Seafood industry calls on Indian government to level the playing field

A sharp decline in exports of India’s marine produce has led to industry calls for the government to lend a helping hand to the once-thriving industry.

Australian meat exports causing ‘repeated problems’ in US inspections

Food & Water Watch, the American consumer advocacy group, has called on the United States Department of Agriculture to review its decision to allow Australia’s newly privatised meat inspection system...

Industry unimpressed by vague new GM labelling regulations

This week, Indian consumers will begin to learn if some of the packaged foods they buy contain genetically-modified ingredients following a gazette notification issued by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs,...

Palm oil body seeks to allay new Chinese regulatory fears

The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) has sought to assure the market that almost all of its shipments of palm cooking oil to China have met the destination’s quality control...

Beijing gets tough on lax food safety standards

The Beijing municipal government will soon introduce a strict law, as well as an accountability system, to ensure food safety in the city. The move follows measures recently taken by...

China drops charges on imports from New Year

Food producers exporting to China will be celebrating this New Year after the country’s top economic planning agency announced that it will significantly reduce the cost of import to the...

Australian egg body drops QA programme

The Australian Egg Corporation (AECL) has advised Australia’s trademark administrators that it will withdraw its current application for a certification trade mark covering an enhanced quality assurance programme for the...

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Australian imports of fresh decrowned pineapple on the cards

Australia’s director of animal and plant quarantine is expected to approve the import of  fresh decrowned pineapple fruit from Malaysia. The decision based on consideration of a final risk analysis...

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Sino-Australian ties to get tighter

A joint report by China and Australia has predicted that bilateral co-operation between the nations in agricultural investment and technology will flourish. 

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Saudi bans Brazilian beef

Saudi Arabia is the latest Asian country to suspend beef imports from Brazilian. It is now also the biggest country to stop purchases after the South American country confirmed a...

Health claims issue in Australia and New Zealand nears final chapter

Parties on both sides of table have welcomed the recent decision by Australian and New Zealand ministers responsible for food regulation on the issue of health claims in the region.

FSANZ takes action on carbon monoxide as fish processing aid

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions to draft fish processing aid regulation on carbon monoxide after reports it is being used despite being banned.

Philippines looking towards India for growth

The Philippines government has urged Filipino exporters to look for opportunities in India as a means to mitigate the current downturn in key markets like the United States and Europe.

FDA names New Zealand as first country on par with US standards

This week, New Zealand has become the first country in the world to sign an agreement with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The pact recognises each other’s food...

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Greenpeace gone too far with GM Golden Rice scandal

“Human guinea pigs”, “gambling with health” and “shadowy research project”—the terms came thick and fast in Greenpeace’s revelation about Golden Rice earlier this year.

FDA, Chinese agency renew cooperation agreement

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended an agreement with a Chinese counterpart agency to work together on food and feed safety.

Halal conference looks at unification and opportunities

Some of the leading names in the halal meat industry have gathered in the UAE city of Sharjah to call for unified standards across the industry and to look at...

Aussies know all about obesity but have trouble tackling it

Supermarket group Coles has released new figures that reveal a greater awareness about obesity in Australia, even though the majority of shoppers have struggled in the fight against the bulge. ...

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Agreement sets out to bring rice sufficiency to Philippines

An agreement to help Filipino rice farmers produce more rice under the Philippines Food Staples Sufficiency Programme (FSSP) has been signed in the hope that it will play a part...

Trio behind Golden Rice furore fired by Chinese authorities

The “Golden Rice” scandal that has panicked parents and called into question research methods at an American university has seen a new development with the sacking of three officials in...

New Zealand outlaws battery hen cages

The most commonly used cages for housing layer hens will be phased out in New Zealand by 2022 under a new code of welfare issued by the minister for primary...

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Don’t take the fun out of advertising, just the fraud from food ads

“We make a lie, we invent want,” said Don Draper, the lead character in Mad Men, the hugely successful TV show about the ad industry in the Sixties.

FSSAI to regulate tea trade in India

India’s top commercial crop, its tea trade, will now come under the authority of the country’s top food safety watchdog.

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