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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.

Folic acid fortification is a folie: NZ report

The question of whether to go ahead with folic acid fortification of bread in New Zealand continues to be a contentious one, with another report moving against it.

Australia considers alcoholic energy drink ban

Health and consumer groups in Australia are calling on government authorities to ban alcoholic energy drinks, which have been linked to the death of a teenager this year.

Warning over cochineal extract in Japan

Authorities in Japan have sounded an alert over cochineal extract, a commonly used food colorant, over fears it could trigger intense allergic reactions amongst consumers.

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EU edges towards bilateral trade agreement with Japan

 The EU has concluded talks exploring the possibility of a bilateral Free Trade Agreement with Japan.

China toughens organic rules

Fresh produce exporters to China may need to remove the word ‘organic’ from their labels as the country ramps up enforcement in the organic sector, the United States Department of...

Australia-New Zealand fish free from Fukushima radiation

Fish harvested off Australia and New Zealand are free from radioactive contamination caused by the 2011 Fukushima Nuclear accident in Japan, the region's food regulator has said in light of...

New Zealand pork body appeals import standard judgment

New Zealand’s pork industry has said a recent High Court judgment has exposed the country to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus.

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Korea’s health claim shake up set for next year

Korea’s health claim regulations are set to change next year, enabling functionality claims to be made in general foods rather than just supplements, according to a previous Korea FDA member....

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Yeast products recalled in Australia

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has issued a warning to consumers and food businesses not to use or sell two direct mail order products labelled, Tempeh Starter Yeast and...

India alcohol limits drafted

India’s top food regulator has drafted regulations for alcohol content in beer, wine and spirits sold in the country, a move that has ruffled feathers in the local liquor manufacturing...

Australia-Malaysia sign food trade accord

A free trade agreement between Australia and Malaysia will open a robust corridor for food trade between the two countries, experts say.

Edible oil or industrial oil in China?

A Chinese oil firm has been ordered to cease manufacturing of its edible oil over suspicions products are contaminated with industrial fatty oils.

India will implement food license system

India is set to introduce a new license system in August to cover the country’s food supply chain in a bid to tighten food standards.

New Zealand’s seafood sector must adopt sustainable practices: Minister

New Zealand’s top minister for the food sector has called for more environmentally sustainable harvesting practices if New Zealand is to continue producing high-quality seafood products.

India frees sugar export controls

India has decided to allow the free export of sugar, enabling industry to ship surplus supplies to overseas food manufacturers.

Australia turns significant corner in children’s food advertising: AFGC

New research has shown that advertisements for high fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) foods have fallen to almost zero in Australia, according to the country’s Food and Grocery Council (AFGC)....

Scientific evidence for advertised claims will be mandatory in India

India is a month off issuing new regulations which will clamp down on misleading food advertisements and labelling, bringing an end to unsubstantiated claims on food products.

Australia’s unappetising, business-as-usual Budget: AFGC

Australia’s Federal Budget is unappetising, with no bold policies directly impacting the country’s food and drink industry, according to the Australian Food and Grocery Council.

Industry attacks Indian regulators over food safety rules

India’s new food safety authority is coming under a broad-based attack from local traders who have termed the Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006 ‘draconian’ and ‘biased.’

Vietnam seafood export control talks stalled

Vietnamese seafood companies have failed to convince authorities to drop testing fees they deem ‘unreasonable’ and inequitable with import requirements.

FSANZ’s raw milk cheese approval awaits ministerial review

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has approved a proposal recommending the sale of raw milk curd cheeses that is now awaiting review from food regulation ministers.

Mega Food Park to take off in India’s most ‘agri-rich’ state

The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is set to launch a food park project that is expected to give food processing in the state and the country a mega boost,...

Front-of-Pack labelling has stakeholder support in NZ, report suggests

A New Zealand study suggests industry stakeholders favour a new Front-of-Pack (FOP) labelling regime, but more “real-life” research is needed.

China opens its doors to Indian basmati rice

Chinese authorities have given a green light to the importation of Indian basmati rice, after a long and arduous six-year process of negotiations.

Shanghai wants to ban a range of seafood products

Food safety authorities in Shanghai are set to ban a range of aquatic food products linked to disease outbreaks in the city.

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