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IARC urges action against mycotoxin contamination in developing countries

The problem of mycotoxin contamination in developing countries has been ‘ignored for too long’ and it is time to ‘turn science into action’, according to the director of an organisaton...

Australia the world leader in Salmonella outbreaks

Australia has more outbreaks of Salmonella than any other country, according to researchers in the country who found 73 cases of the bacteria per 100,000 people last year.


Soft drinks makers rail against Budget duty increase

India's INR140bn (US$2.8bn) soft drink industry has called on the government to reverse an increase in excise duty on beverages. 

South Asia radius

Salt content mislabelled in two-thirds of Indian processed foods

Most food labelling in India shows an inaccurate representation of the salt that packaged products contain, a major study has found. The research comes at a time when growth in...

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MPI issues raw milk safety reminder

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has said raw milk is a high risk food and it's important that consumers understand why.

China direct

Food safety chief: FDA struggling to cope with scale of adulteration

China’s food authorities are unable to keep up with cases of chemical and drug adulteration, according to the head of its Food and Drug Administration.

NZ gets new food law, revised standards take effect across Australasia

New Zealand has implemented a new food Act this month, which places increased emphasis on manufacturers to take responsibility for managing food safety.

Cash available for NZ-China dairy research

New Zealand Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has announced a call for proposals for three multi-institution New Zealand-China Research Collaboration Centres to be supported as part of the new...

India's Union Budget

Budget 2016: How it affects India's food industry

Most interest by the food industry in this year’s Union Budget will centre on reforms of foreign direct investment in food retail and policies aimed at farmers. Already, industry figures...

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Japan’s FSMA preparation subject of FDA delegation trip

Public seminars in Japan on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rules drew the largest audiences to date, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Taiwan to tweak nutrition labelling regulations

Taiwan’s regulators plan to revise food labelling requirements in July after a period of public consultation.

Japan assesses halal demand ahead of 2020 Olympics

Japan must look to the Middle East or Brunei in a bid improve its halal provision in time for the 2020 Olympics, the country’s foreign affairs ministry has said. 

Far East in focus

Study: Childhood fruit consumption could reduce future obesity risk

Korean research has found that a higher intake of sugar from fruit and milk during adolescence can reduce the risk of obesity later in life.

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Huge shipment of rotting pork found in Manila

A total of 165 containers of rotting meat is sitting at a shipping port in the Philippines – and nobody has claimed responsibility for it.

Certifier launches tougher palm oil standard for extreme compliance

RSPO has introduced a voluntary extension to its criteria for companies that exceed the certification body’s principles for sustainably grown palm oil.

SE Asia: Palm oil focus

Rainforest rehabilitation: Astra Agro signs ‘No deforestation’ pledge

Environmental groups have welcomed the decision by Indonesia’s second-biggest oil palm grower to pledge to move away from deforestation a year after it hit headlines amid accusations of environmental destruction...

Down Under

Fsanz seeks views on proposed revision of infant formula regulations

The antipodean food regulator is calling for public and industry submissions on its proposed approach to revising infant formula requirements in the Food Standards Code.

South Asia radius

FSSAI adopts charm offensive to woo industry experts

As it embarks on a process to restore a battered reputation after a bruising year, India’s food regulator is courting commercial food figures to work with it on new policies....

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Indonesia needs licence overhaul to attract foreign investors

Indonesia’s byzantine personal and corporate registration processes are putting off overseas food and beverage investors, according to the industry’s representative body. 


Minister renews calls for FDI in multi-brand food retail

India’s food processing minister has again called for foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail for food items grown in India as a means to create jobs and drive down inflation....

Malaysian palm oil body slams BBC for ‘sensationalist coverage’

Palm oil officials in Malaysia have hit out at what they call an “elitist media bias” in a BBC report on mangrove deforestation.


Southeast Asia nearing its goal of harmonised supplement standards

Last October, the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Asean, completed and agreed to a single set of standards and technical requirements for product labelling, manufacturing,...

RSPO Next draws mixed reactions over environmental stance

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil's RSPO Next allows manufacturers to demonstrate a tougher stance on deforestation, forest fires and peatland clearance – but it has been slammed by Greenpeace which says...


If Mexico’s soda tax really works, why are tax revenues still rising?

In January, the much respected British Medical Journal published a paper which aimed to test the success of the Mexican sugar excise tax, which had been levied on sugar-sweetened drinks.

China’s first welfare code for feed lots, slaughterhouses due in June

China will have its first draft animal husbandry and slaughtering standards code by June, according to the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), which is working with 30 domestic livestock breeding...

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