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Oxfam confronts Mondelez, Nestlé and Mars over women’s rights on cocoa farms

Oxfam has called on the three biggest chocolate manufacturers to conduct independent audits on conditions for women on cocoa farms supplying their factories after finding evidence of unequal pay, discrimination...

Food for thought

China’s super-watchdog is unlikely to bite

If you are a regular reader of this news service, you would be hard-pressed to find just one month in the last two years when we have NOT reported on...

Australia trade

Australia given green light to export lamb to India

Australia’s trade department has announced that the country will begin to export lamb to India free of quotas, based on Australia’s compliance with India's food safety requirements.

Food safety

China's watchdogs might finally get more teeth

Sick of lurching from one food crisis to the next, it seems the Chinese authorities are planning to form one cohesive food safety unit based on America’s FDA model.

Oxfam thanks food industry for ‘bland’ and ‘complacent’ response to damning CSR report

Oxfam will step up its campaign to improve the treatment of people and resources that form part of the supply chain of the world’s biggest food conglomerates, after it cast...

Indian Budget 2013

Finance minister shows no love for food makers this year

Sometimes, just sometimes, you don’t want to have to say “I told you so”, and this is indeed one of the times.

Unilever & Nestlé tell Oxfam to bring other stakeholders to food ethics table

Unilever and Nestlé say Oxfam missed an opportunity for a wider and more comprehensive debate about food ethics after the NGO published a damning report on the supply chains of...

Food for thought

Don’t expect tax and excise sops from Budget 2013

Its that time of the year again. Yes, I know that is a cliche home run to begin with, but then one would find it difficult to describe the excitement...

News in brief

Two dead in Vietnam S. suis outbreak

Two butchers in central Vietnam have from a bacteria that causes clinical diseases in pigs, the Voice of Vietnam has reported.

DCD concerns: NZ handling of crisis was ‘textbook’ - Rabobank

New Zealand’s handling of concerns surrounding the use of agricultural chemical dicyandiamide (DCD) was “textbook,” a Rabobank analyst has claimed.

Australian advertisers

Doctors hit out at alcohol’s ability to self-regulate

Accusing Australia’s alcohol industry of being incapable of self-regulation, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called on the government to launch an inquiry into alcohol marketing amid what it calls...

Pork imports

Chinese call for additive verification baffles American suppliers

Demands by Chinese quarantine authorities for a new layer of verification to make sure that pork imported from the US is free of a feed additive have baffled analysts and...

Dairy contaminants

Fonterra DCD crisis: No positive tests since November

The Ministry for Primary Industries has released the findings from extensive testing of New Zealand dairy products for dicyandiamide (DCD).

Country of origin

Trans-Tasman food groups at loggerheads over labelling

New Zealand’s commercial fruit and vegetable growers’ association has branded as ridiculous the latest claims by the Australian vegetable industry group, Ausveg, that Kiwi food manufacturers are bombarding their country...

Testing the law

NT container deposit scheme moves to court

Following an ongoing furious stand-off between drinks manufacturers, environmental groups and the local government, the Northern Territory’s opinion-splitting container deposit scheme has now reached the point of litigation.

News in brief

HK bans northeast German poultry

Hong Kong has banned the import of all poultry products, including eggs, from certain German states with immediate effect.

Licence raj

Sources suggest Indian sugar deregulation is nearing reality

The fraught issue of government regulation on the Indian sugar industry might be on its way to a solution if a report in the Wall Street Journal is to be...

Aussie obesity

New dietary recommendations draw mixed reaction from experts

One of Australia’s leading nutrition bodies has given its resounding approval to the release of the Federal Government’s new Australian Dietary Guidelines, although not all food experts have followed suit...

Straight talk

Inquest into NZ Coke addict deserves more than sensational headlines

The story of the death of a New Zealand woman who would drink between six and 10 litres of Coca-Cola a day needs to be treated with caution as it...

Food for thought

Watching these ads is a fool's errand

I am going to tell you a story–quite a long one, but one that ties in with one of the most serious breaches of trust we face as consumers. Now...

Baby fat

New study gives critical insight on eating during pregnancy

Resisting the urge to eat for two during pregnancy is vital to limit excess weight gain in both women and their babies, according to recent research in New Zealand.

GM India

Scientists call for GM halt on third anniversary of brinjal moratorium

Over 150 Indian scientists have united to call public attention to the Ministry of Agriculture, which they believe has been making a political case for genetically modified crops to counter...

Kinki tuna

Guests dine on landmark research at new gourmet restaurant

Western Japan's Kinki University will soon open a restaurant in downtown Osaka specialising in blue-fin tuna and other types of fish that have been artificially raised from eggs at its...

FSSAI in freefall

Food registration deadline extended once again

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has once again extended the licencing and registration deadline for the country’s food business operators. In an embarrassing move by the...

News in brief

Vietnam sets new floor prices for rice

New floor prices set by the Vietnam Food Association (VFA) for rice exports have now gone into service, according to the Vietnam News on.

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