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Industry aims to cut fat consumption by a quarter

Some of Australia's biggest food companies have joined forces via the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) to launch an initiative to significantly reduce fat, sodium and calories from diets...

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Australia’s rural watchdog pens agri-insurance report

Australia’s National Rural Advisory Council (NRAC) has presented a report on agricultural insurance to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig.

Thai smallholders certified for sustainable palm oil

Independent Thai smallholders have become the first in the world to be RSPO-certified in a move that will significantly add to the global quantity of sustainable palm oil available on...

Opening the shell on a new mussel breed with better flavour and yield

In a move that could unlock more value for the mussel industry, scientists in New Zealand are developing a new breed of the mollusc with varied flavours, more meat and...

Australian food industry not in a happy state

Australia’s food manufacturing sector is facing significant economic challenges that require urgent attention from the government, according to the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) in it's annual assessment of...

Sino-NZ study aims to produce bigger grains

In another agricultural research collaboration between New Zealand and China, scientists have begun a joint study into how to improve seeds so that farmers can produce more and bigger grains.

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Half of Indian children are chronically malnourished

An Indian ministerial report into child health has revealed that almost half of the country’s children are stunted as a result of chronic malnutrition.

Oz school takes innovative approach to meal timings

From today, students at an inner-city primary school in Australia will be taking lunch earlier after a new mealtime concept was introduced to promote healthy eating and as a means...

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Unusual seizure vindicates NZ quarantine efforts

An “unusual” seizure at Auckland International Airport was being hailed as proof that warnings by New Zealand quarantine inspectors are being heard by travellers, according to a Ministry for Primary...

Study links heightened diabetes risk to modern oils

A long-term research study published this week has confirmed that non-traditional methods of cooking are significantly contributing to the rise in diabetes among Indians.

Asia-Europe meeting closes with declaration on food

The seventh edition of the Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting closed in Laos’s capital with a declaration that emphasised the concern of the countries involved in “ensuring food security in the...

China lays out plan for global action on food security

A Chinese delegation today stressed the importance of co-ordinated global action to uphold food security and challenged economies with a five-point action plan to work to this goal.

Talking tough on Monsanto GM maize cancer study

Last week saw a furious row between researchers in France and their critics from around the world after they published new findings on the effect of genetically modified Roundup maize...

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Registration system launched for Chinese imports and exports

China this week launched a registration system to record the variety and origin of imported food. The measure comes as part of the government’s bid to establish a tracking system...

Malnutrition, obesity a bipolar problem in Philippines

A Filipino research institute has reviewed the findings of a report that outlines the level of nutrition of selected population groups.

Food advocate launches volley on Oz produce plan

An Australian food policy unit yesterday branded the country’s food system as “broken”, and blamed it for contributing to a raft of issues currently affecting society.

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FSANZ calls for produce irradiation submissions

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on an application to permit the irradiation of tomatoes and capsicums.

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Indian state chief calls on Nestlé's assistance

The chief minister of Haryana, yesterday called on Nestlé India to adopt a collective strategy with the government departments and private business to set up milk collection centers across the...

Indian coffee growers suffering labour headache

India’s coffee industry is under severe stress due a shortage of skilled labour and must invest heavily in expanding its capabilities, a major industry association has said.

Kiwi authorities crack down on unlawful infant formula exports

New Zealand authorities have begun action to stop unlawful exports of infant formula to China, after trade bodies blamed these for severely undermining the southern nation’s reputation for food safety....

FSANZ approves Fonterra hydrogen peroxide processing aid application

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has approved an application from dairy giant Fonterra to use hydrogen peroxide as a processing aid to control lactic acid-producing micro-organisms during the manufacture...

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FSANZ opens review of infant formula regulations

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is reviewing its infant formula regulations, covering a range of issue including composition, labeling and advertising.

Charity calls on Indian producers to help in malnutrition fight

Food producers and manufacturers are the “natural allies” of charities in the fight against child malnutrition in India, according to the leader of an international humanitarian major.

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China announces food safety investment

Chinese authorities are planning to spend over RMB72bn in an effort to improve the product safety of its domestic farm produce, the Xinhua news agency reported today.

Indonesian food body voices opposition to halal certification bill

Indonesia’s premier food processing authority has come out strongly against a controversial plan that would make halal certification a must for the country’s entire food and beverage supply chain....

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