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Everyone’s a food expert—even when they get the facts so badly wrong

“Thought leadership” is the new fashion for some corporates. It has been described by some as providing ideas that intrigue, challenge and inspire, but for others the phrase can sound...

Report: Powerful lobbies thwarting antipodean efforts to curb obesity

Powerful and influential food industry lobbies in Australia and New Zealand have set the two countries to fail in stemming their obesity epidemics, a new study has suggested.

New Australian PM urged to invest more in complementary healthcare

The new chief executive of the Complementary Healthcare Council of Australia has used his maiden speech to call on the incoming government to invest making the country healthier.

‘We need pharma-style IP protection,’ says leading Australian supplements player

One of Australia’s biggest supplement makers is calling on the sector to unite in a bid to boost intellectual property protection to levels often afforded to the pharmaceutical sector.

Study: Fatty foods ruin ability to maintain weight loss

A new study in Australia has suggested that people on a long term high-fat diet will find it hard to lose and then maintain their weight as nerves that tell...

More than 25% of young Kiwis have a drinking problem, says new study

A new study in New Zealand has revealed that up to a quarter of Kiwis aged 21 to 30 have a subclinical alcohol problem, which affects their daily life to some extent.

Labels on energy drinks inadequate, says Australian health group

One of Australia’s premier health advocacy groups has said the country’s current labelling regulations for caffeinated energy drinks are unclear about possible health issues. 

Oz industry to government: Leave caffeinated energy drinks alone

Australia’s peak body for beverage manufacturers has come out strongly against media claims that the country’s teenagers may be at risk with over consumption of caffeinated energy drinks. ...

AgResearch 'recommended further testing' of recalled Fonterra WPC

New Zealand research organisation AgResearch has moved to distance itself from Fonterra's decision to recall three batches of whey protein concentrate (WPC), rubbishing claims that it "confirmed the presence" of Clostridium...

Greenpeace and RSPO clash over forest fires

Food companies that only use certified sustainable palm oil have been accused of “certifying destruction”, according to a Greenpeace report released to coincide with the first European Roundtable on Sustainable...

Australia’s health department trains guns on caffeinated energy drinks

Australia’s Federal Department of Health has released a new discussion paper aimed at the regulation and availability of caffeinated energy drinks in Australia and New Zealand. 

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India and China must be part of the green palm oil process

Currently, RSPO certified palm oil represents 15% of global production, and many of the global brands have made commitments to source 100% certified palm oil by 2015.  

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15 dead, 26 injured from Shanghai seafood plant ammonia leakage

An ammonia leak over the weekend at a Shanghai seafood refrigeration plant has killed 15 workers and injured 26 others, of which five are critical.

Kiwi officials ramp up charm offensive in wake of Fonterra scare

New Zealand officials have launched a charm offensive on two of the countries where the Fonterra fallout has been most widely felt.

Australian Labor party promises supermarket code of conduct if elected

Australia’s ruling party has committed to ending the long-drawn-out tussle between the country’s supermarkets and its food processors and suppliers to fix a voluntary code of conduct.

A case of semantics: Snax biscuit brand denied trademark

Indian snack company Britannia Industries has lost a trademark battle for its Snax brand despite winning in a similar case against PepsiCo back in 2009.

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India’s Food Security Bill nears finishing line

India’s controversial Food Security Bill has moved a step closer to reality after the country’s lower house, the Lok Sabha, approved the controversial Rs1.3lakh crore (US$20bn) plan to provide cheap...

Pioneering diabetes study learns about gut’s defective 'taste buds'

Australian research into the way the gut reacts to sweet food could have significant implications for a range of health and nutrition conditions experienced by diabetes patients.

China launches anti-dumping probe into Indian preservative imports

China's Ministry of Commerce will launch an investigation into Indian imports of tert-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a preservative that is widely used in the food industry. 

China’s milk formula pilot scheme ignores the real food safety issues

A move by Chinese authorities to begin a pilot scheme that will eventually require all baby formula sold in the country to be distributed by pharmacies or equivalent stores has...

Greenpeace Australia attacks Coke with spoof recycling website

Greenpeace has launched a spoof website attacking Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) for opposing a national container deposit scheme in Australia and alleging the firm is doing all it can ‘to block...

Study links early junk food exposure to mental problems in children

A broad new study has found that that mums with unhealthy diets of cereals and sweet drinks during pregnancy are more likely to have children with behavioural problems.

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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.

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