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Diabetes’ cost to Singapore’s economy estimated for the first time

The cost of diabetes to Singapore’s economy, estimated at S$1bn (US$740m) in 2010, is predicted to grow to S$2.5bn by 2050, according to the first ever study of its kind...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Prism rice data: The Filipino response to food security disasters

Reliable information based on satellite data and ground observations can help the Philippines prepare for and mitigate the effect of recurring disasters, such as typhoons and El Niño on rice...

India

E-retailers, including delivery apps, must now comply with food Act

E-commerce food companies will be governed by India’s food regulator and forced to register under the Food Safety and Standards Act, according to the FSSAI in a ruling that will...

Sri Lankan tea and rubber smallholders to gain from IFAD loan

Sri Lanka has taken a UN loan to improve food security and increase incomes for 32,000 rural households dependent on tea and rubber plantations in central and southern regions of...

South Asia radius

'Celebrities should not be allowed to promote junk foods and drinks'

A ban on celebrities endorsing sugary drinks and junk foods is among the policy moves called for by a Delhi think tank in a bid to reduce India’s diabetes rate,...

Medics: Years of Indian health gains would be wasted without soda tax

An international group of 50 medical professionals has united to call on Indian lawmakers to sign off on a proposed sin tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

China direct

Thousands of cans of Chinese fake formula still unaccounted for

Food safety authorities are scrambling to locate an estimated 3,300 cans of fake infant formula masquerading as popular domestic and international brands after nine people were arrested for their roles...

Korea announces new dietary guidelines, wages war on sugar

Seoul has issued dietary guidelines aimed to persuade South Koreans to eat less salty, sweet and fatty foods at a time when consumption of these has reached alarming levels by...

Islam was the fastest growing religion in America from 2000 to 2010

GUEST ARTICLE: US halal food regulations… Are you up to speed?

A growing segment of US consumers is scrutinizing animal treatment and slaughter from an Islamic lens, while halal food consumption among the nation's fast-growing Muslim population has become a ballooning...

Asian food industry lobby names new executive director

Food Industry Asia has named Matt Kovac as its new executive director after serving in an interim role since November 2015.

El Niño wreaks havoc on Philippines food production

Dry and wet spells brought by El Niño and La Niña are threatening the Philippines’ food security, an official has warned a special government committee on food and climate change....

This week Down Under

NZ academics push cabinet for sugar tax, industry advocates soft force

More than 70 university academics have demanded that the New Zealand government imposes a “significant tax” on sugary drinks, claiming that the move would improve health in the world’s fourth-most...

Australia’s watchdog plans beef sector dissection

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced plans for a major probe and analysis into competition, efficiency and transparency in the country’s red meat industry.

Australia

Nutrition industry lobbies for more inclusion in Oz health policy

The Australian complementary health industry lobbied state and territory ministers assembled at a Medicare reform meeting in Canberra last weekend to press for increased policy recognition for natural nutrition.

Salt stimulates passive eating of fatty foods: Study

Salt provokes fatty food eating, and can even trigger increased food intake among people who have a preference for less fatty foods, Australian researchers have found.

21st Indian state implements digital national food security platform

Gujarat is the latest state to adopt the National Food Security Act, bringing to 21 the number of states that have implemented the policy.

WHO: Governments responsible for beating diabetes epidemic

The World Health Organisation has called on governments in South Asia to take vigorous and concerted action to “prevent, treat and beat” diabetes, which has reached epidemic proportions and is...

South Asia radius

Regulator issues post-Maggi clarification on MSG stance

The presence of monosodium glutamate from natural sources in noodles and pasta is not illegal under food safety legislation, India’s food regulator has announced in a bid to end confusion...

China direct

Shanghai expands blacklist to incorporate stricter penalties

Food regulators will expand Shanghai’s food and drug blacklist to include individuals and companies that are found to use expired materials in food production, in a move prompted by recent...

UN General Assembly proclaims ‘Decade of Action on Nutrition’

In a move the United Nations has called a major step towards reducing hunger and improving nutrition around the world, its General Assembly has heralded a “Decade of Action on...

News in brief

Shock tactics used in latest Thai diabetes awareness campaign

The Diabetes Association of Thailand has taken a shocking approach in its latest awareness campaign by using images of confectionery to create a frightful picture of infections and festering wounds...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Study: Tropical ecosystems pay the price for underpriced agriculture

While international trade may generate economic benefits to agricultural exporters in the tropics, a groundbreaking study by National University of Singapore researchers reveals that benefits from trade cannot compensate for...

Operation Opson V

Interpol-Europol busts dodgy weight loss supplements in massive global fraud fight

A global crack down on food fraud coordinated by Europol and Interpol across 57 nations has captured a South Korean-based racket selling contaminated online weight loss food supplements.

Australia

Survey suggests blokes should man up and swap barbie for kitchen

Australian men are being called to ditch the takeaway and start cooking meals at home after a recent survey found one in four needed to “man up in the kitchen”.

News in brief

New app is latest attempt by government to bring technology to farmers

India’s agriculture minister has launched a mobile app to provide farmers with information relating to best cultivation practices, resource conservation, and new varieties of crops and farm machinery.

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