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From regulation to public health campaigns, the priorities of governments, industry, civil society groups and other stakeholders feed into the policies and programmes that influence eating habits in Asia.

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Why does everyone hate the Thai rice mortgage scheme?

The Thai rice mortgage scheme continues to receive a fair amount of media bashing even after completing its first anniversary last month. 

Egypt cattle row provoking a storm in Australia

In a move to calm an issue that is threatening to turn into a populist political bun fight, Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has issued a statement...

Pinoy FDA targeting non-English labels

In the wake of a major recall of toxic South Korean noodles from shelves across the country, food regulation authorities in the Philippines are now actively seeking to target imported...

NZ study finds that we binge because we don't care

We might know it from our own personal experience, but now it’s backed up by research: the reason why diets fall flat while drinking can go through the roof during...


Kiwi idea may help Aussie battle against the bulge

Though the government is taking its sweet time in deciding on a preferred approach to food labelling, Australians are increasingly showing that their intolerance towards obesity and the high-fat, high-calorie...

FSANZ approves Nestlé infant formula L-histidine level amendment

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has provisionally approved an application by Nestlé to reduce the minimum requirement for L-histidine in infant formula products

India’s lift on egg ban brings welcome relief to baking industry

An Indian state bakery association has welcomed the country’s move to lift its ban on eggs and poultry from two important supply states.

Watchdog might smash new standard for Australian eggs

A new quality standard that promises to bring greater consistency to the way egg producers meet farm standards has created a row between the egg industry and Australia’s business watchdog....

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Australian potato growers might soon bargain with buyers

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the country’s business and consumer watchdog, has proposed a move to allow selected potato growers associations to collectively bargain with potato buyers.

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Philippine Government issues recall over noodle concerns

The Philippine Government has issued a product recall after six Korean Noodle products were found to contain the chemical benzopyrene.

Lawmakers must do to junk food what they did to tobacco

One Australian public health heavyweight has gone on the record to say that it is up to the federal government to tackle the junk food industry the same way it...

Report outlines success of grocery through self-regulation

Food and beverage companies have made significant changes in the way to they market their products to children as a result of industry-wide self-regulatory initiatives, according to new research from...

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Label claims must be justified

The New Zealand parliament's health select committee has said that natural products should carry a label showing the basis of claims being made for the product.

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FSANZ warns of mussels recall

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has urged consumers to check their fridges for recalled mussels that may be contaminated with paralytic shellfish toxin, a naturally occurring marine biotoxin.

Cambodians file complaint with US government vs American Sugar Refining over ‘land-grabbing’ deal

Cambodian villagers who claim they were illegally evicted from their land to make way for a sugar plantation that supplies American Sugar Refining (Domino Sugar), have filed a complaint with...

Malaysia enlisting world experts to develop food policies

With obesity and diabetes on the rise in Malaysia, the country has been working to bring together domestic scientists with their international counterparts and institutions in the hope of mitigating...

Industry doesn’t want separate standards for Oz, NZ

The joint regulatory regime for Australia and New Zealand for has come under scrutiny, with food industry advocates from the smaller neighbour questioning its domestic usefulness.

Greenpeace urges food companies to check palm oil suppliers' sustainability score

Greenpeace has published a scorecard rating palm oil producers’ sustainability efforts, in order to provide food and other consumer goods companies with better information about how their palm oil is...

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Supreme Court dithers over GM moratorium

Will they, won’t they or might they? In spite of a report filed by a panel of Indian agriculture experts calling for the government to impose a moratorium on open...

Minister slams NZ's “Couch Potato” award for obesity

The New Zealand government has lashed out against the recent Couch Potato Awards, which pitted arch-rivals Australia and New Zealand against each other to decide which country has made the...

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Oz egg lobby slams moves to end caged egg production

The representative group for the egg industry has hit out at a new campaign by a leading animal rights organisation against caged-egg production in Australia. 

Fizzy drinks can massively increase risk of stroke

Drinking just one fizzy soft drink per day could bump up the risk of stroke by up to 80 per cent, according to a research team studying the effects of...

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FSANZ calls for submissions on GM soybean

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on an application to change the Food Standards Code to allow food derived from a genetically modified soybean.

Group links Indian government with alleged FDI scam

According to India’s leading trade representative body, ministers have been making deals with multinational corporations that have led to the government quietly amending the fine-print of its move towards foreign...

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Food body warns Australians of Salmonella almonds

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has urged consumers to check their pantries for raw almonds that might be contaminated with Salmonella.

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