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FAO calls for vigilance with avian influenza on the rise in China

Human infections with the influenza A(H7N9) virus are on the rise again in China and the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities provide opportunity for further spread and human exposure, the...

Nestlé defends 'lunchbox friendly' claims after nut allergen rebuke

Nestlé has defended itself and its allergy charity consort against criticism of the marketing of its ''lunchbox friendly'' muesli bars to schools despite them being unsuitable for nut allergy sufferers. ...

Researchers unveil 'comprehensive' test to detect genetic modification in foods

A new comprehensive test that combines two well-known genetic analysis methods into a single test could help enforce stricter regulation of genetically modified foods in the future, say researchers.

Oz scientists tag bees in first such study into crop pollination

Thousands of honey bees in Australia are being fitted with tiny sensors as part of a world-first research programme to monitor the insects and their environment using a technique known...

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FAO joins with tech institute to find ways to target food security

UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has teamed up with Asian Institute of Technology to find innovative ways to target hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity across the continent.

Study: SSB tax could dramatically reduce diabetes incidences in India

India could prevent an estimated 400,000 people from contracting diabetes over the next 10 years if the government were to impose a 20% tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB), a new study has suggested.

Aussies find way to improve sugar yields through new bacterium

University of Queensland scientists, in collaboration with the Australian sugar industry, have discovered a new species of bacterium that could potentially reduce the need for nitrogen fertiliser in cane farming while also...

Singapore scientists devise sensor to recreate flavours on the tongue

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have found a way to replicate food and drink flavours on the tongue with a virtual simulator.

Bitter grimace explained by Japanese scientists

Researchers in Japan have identified links between how palatable a taste is and blood circulation across different parts of the face—going some way to giving an explanation for the squinting...

Oz complementary healthcare body trains guns on authors of latest slur

The newly installed, tough-talking chief executive of the Complementary Healthcare Council of Australia has a new target in his sights after hitting out at the “misguided approach” by some academics...

Global group now looking to ramp up efforts to promote food safety

Industry, academics and NGOs from more than 70 countries recently gathered on Singapore to evaluate how successful a global initiative to promote food safety has been in its first year.

Early study shows artificial sweeteners have no negative impact on gut

New research from the University of Adelaide has added to the debate about how our bodies respond to artificial sweeteners and whether they are good, bad or have no effect...

Junk food can junk your memory in a week, suggests new study

A new study has suggested that even a short-term diet of junk food can have a detrimental and damaging effect on the brain’s cognitive ability.

Hershey ups palm oil pledge but Greenpeace wants more

Hershey has committed to purchasing 100% traceable and sustainably-sourced palm oil by the end of 2014. Greenpeace has welcomed the move, but has reservations about timelines and terminology.

Typhoon-hit farmers begin massive replanting programme

One month after Typhoon Haiyan struck a devastating blow to the Philippines, farmers who lost essential crops and supplies are receiving the first wave of emergency seeds, restoring hope for...

China to name and shame food safety offenders

China has issued a new draft regulation that would give regulators the authority to blacklist food and beverage manufacturers that have breached food safety standards in the country. 

Fonterra WPC incident not result of 'regulatory failure': NZ Gov

The recent Fonterra whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare was “not the result of any regulatory failure,” a New Zealand government inquiry into the incident has concluded.

Not so free: Australian watchdog takes egg producers to court

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has filed separate proceedings in the Federal Court against two major egg producers for misleading “free range” claims.

Food and grocery keen to tap into new Aus-Korea trade deal

The news this week that Australia and South Korea have reached a free-trade agreement is a “tremendous shot in the arm for Australia's food and grocery manufacturing sector”.

Wilmar’s no deforestation palm oil policy ‘dwarfs any previous commitment’

Environmental groups have welcomed a no deforestation policy from the world’s largest palm oil trader Wilmar International.

WHO’s new complementary medicine strategy draws praise from industry

The launch of the World Health Organisation’s new strategy for traditional and complementary medicines (T&CM) has met with approval from industry groups.

‘China must redefine and simplify its health-product registration’

The legislative office of China's State Council has been urged that its term “health-food product”, which refers to all dietary supplements, is too broad a concept and by definition can...

Rice gene discovery can increase crop productivity by up to one-third

Scientists in the Far East have discovered a rice gene that in preliminary testing increased production by 13-36% in modern long-grain indica rice varieties—the world’s most widely grown types of rice....

Is research on delayed aging a better investment than cancer and heart disease?

Greater investment in research to delay aging may be a 'highly efficient' way to prevent disease, extend healthy life, and improve public health, according to new research.


How could Séralini's GM study have made suckers of so many people?

The retraction last week by the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology of the widely criticised anti-GM research paper commonly referred to as “the Séralini paper” no doubt left many in...

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