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Reality of ‘botulism scare’ only understood once it is put in context

Julian Baggini is one of my favourite thinkers, and his entertaining and thought-provoking book, Do They Think You Are Stupid: 100 Ways Of Spotting Spin And Nonsense From The Media,...

'Room for improvement' in NZ dairy safety systems, says regulator

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is considering the provisional implementation of stricter food safety measures in the dairy industry following a recent spate of high-profile product contamination...

NZ opposition: We need an independent food safety regulator

New Zealand’s main opposition party has called for a standalone food safety agency in the wake of international bans on New Zealand dairy produce due to recent contamination scares.

India’s regulator issues new draft standards for infant nutrition

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed new standards for infant nutrition, substitute foods, fortified atta (flour) and ingredients as part of a wide overhaul of...

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FSANZ seeks opinions on fungal chitosan use

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on a proposal to use fungal chitosan as a processing aid.

Danone, Fonterra, Mead Johnson handed China infant formula price fixing fines

China has issued fines totalling RMB 669m ($110m, €82m) to six companies, including Mead Johnson Nutrition, Danone Dumex, and Fonterra, following an investigation into price fixing and suspected anti-monopoly law...

Aussie firms modified infant nutrition marketing to 'minimize' WHO Code impact, says study

The Australian infant nutrition sector has modified its marketing practices to minimize the sales and profit impact of the World Health Organisation (WHO) International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, an Australian...

Australian diabetics and cholesterol sufferers unaware of conditions

New figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics make for surprising reading, showing that the majority of Australians lack awareness of food-related conditions, even when they suffer from them. ...

Flipping and frying in China’s complex fast food market

As companies jostle for rights to own fast-food franchises in China, is the real quick service restaurant picture really as rosy as it looks on the surface?

Cargill registers concern with palm oil supplier about child labour allegations

The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has accused Cargill of using child labour in its palm oil supply chain – and Cargill says it has registered its concern with supplier KLK.

Breakthrough means tastier, healthier and more sustainable prawns

Australian researchers have pioneered a means to grow large quantities of tiny marine microbes that will help preserve wild fish stocks and make prawn farming more profitable and environmentally sustainable.

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Why there is great urgency for sustainability in palm oil

Increasing global consumption of palm oil poses serious sustainability challenges and raises questions about leading consumer nations’ responsibility in managing the footprint of its global supply chain. 

Micronutrients could help people quit smoking

A New Zealand researcher is hoping to demonstrate that micronutrients can help with withdrawal symptoms for people quitting smoking.

Long road to implementation seen for FDA's new FSMA rules on food imports, audits

New rules released under the Food Safety Modernization Act will push more responsibility onto food importers and third party inspectors in an effort to prevent food borne illnesses at their...

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FSANZ call on changes to maximum residue limits

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has invited submissions on changes to some Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for agricultural and veterinary chemicals present in food.

Pawar: Future of sustainable dairy in the hands of the private sector

Private dairy companies must develop a fair and consistent strategy for procuring milk from farmers, Sharad Pawar, India’s powerful minister for agriculture and food processing, has warned.

Japan remains undecided on lifting US wheat ban after GMO scare

There are no clear plans yet to lift Japan's ban on US western white wheat, a Japanese government official says following a meeting between its ministry and the USDA last...

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Obesity needs tackling, but only through considered measures

The level of obesity among New Zealanders, and children in particular, is a major concern, with 28% of adults and one in 10 children aged between two and 14 classed...

India's Supreme Court recommends ‘indefinite moratorium’ on GM crops

A technical expert committee set up by India’s Supreme Court, has this week recommended an indefinite moratorium on the field trials of genetically modified crops until the government tables suitable...

Industry and public to be consulted on fibre claims Down Under

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released a consultation paper about the qualifying criteria for dietary fibre nutrition content claims.

Singapore scientist devises water purification system through peels

A PhD candidate at the National University of Singapore has devised a way to purify water using the peels of apples and tomatoes. This is the first time that the...

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'Evidence to break monopolistic monoculture of GE'

Last week, I travelled to the Chinese city of Kunming to attend the International Conference on Ethnic Food Cultures and Food Safety. 

Fonterra latest to cut Chinese prices after price-fixing probe

Fonterra has slashed the cost of its Anmum maternal health products in China by 9%, making it the latest company to reduce its prices following the launch of a government...

Oz watchdog tells companies that water cannot possibly be ‘organic’

Seven Australian suppliers of bottled water will remove “organic” claims from their labelling and marketing material after they reached an agreement with the country’s consumer watchdog. An eighth supplier has...

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Junk food industry should prepare for plain and graphic label debate

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the adoption of plain and highly graphic packaging last year by the Australian tobacco industry has led to a marked reduction in smoking, albeit in a...

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