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Agriculture almost wiped out in Vanuatu by cyclone Pam

Strong winds, heavy rains and floods in the wake of severe tropical cyclone Pam have caused extensive damage to agriculture across Vanuatu, including its main food and export crops, livestock...

Australia

Dietitians laud decision not to release celebrity chef’s paleo primer

Australia’s leading nutrition body, the Dietitians Association of Australia, has praised publisher Pan Macmillan Australia for its decision not to publish a controversial book on the paleo diet that it...

Australia

Bananas taking a battering from cyclones and killer soil disease

As Queenslanders prepare for the return of the category 4 Cyclone Nathan, agriculture authorities are planning their response to another disaster after the arrival of a disease that affects banana...

Agriculture

FAO: Asian farmers bear the brunt from the world’s natural disasters

Natural disasters caused US$28bn in damage to agriculture in Asia in 2014, making it the the world’s worst hit region last year with farmers bearing the brunt.

Australia

Turning eggs blue will transform snapper fisheries

A molecular marker that turns snapper eggs a fluorescent blue could revolutionise fisheries management for several commercial species.

India

Haryana follows Maharashtra in banning beef slaughter and consumption

Lawmakers in Haryana have followed their colleagues in Maharashtra to vote in a bill that outlaws the slaughter of cows in the state. Suspected violators will not be allowed bail...

China 'unaware' of NZ infant formula shipment stopped at border over 1080 threat: MPI

China is “unaware” of any consignment of New Zealand infant formula being held at its border in response to the 1080 contamination threat, says the New Zealand Ministry for Primary...

India

India plans to target ‘very serious issue’ of food adulteration

India has acknowledged the scale of its food adulteration epidemic and has pledged to take steps to stamp it out.

Briefing

China’s make-or-break year for food safety reform

We are now in the third month of what could be a landmark year for food safety in China. 

New Zealand

No risk, say dairy firms after Kiwi poisoning threat is revealed

New Zealand’s dairy industry is reassuring consumers that today’s news of threats to poison infant formula last year does not mean there has been any cause for concern and their...

India

Government looks at encouraging states to adopt Maharashtra’s beef ban

With Maharashtra now joining the states of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Gujarat in banning the slaughter of cows, India’s prime minister is now looking at the validity of encouraging other...

China

Ecolab positive over China’s food safety progress

China is making progress as it sets out to improve its failing food safety record, according to hygiene services major Ecolab.

Food safety

Fish and chips: Scientists devise 'credit card' to test for histamine

Flinders University researchers have invented a revolutionary hi-tech method to test for food poisoning in fish.

Gut microbiota shifts could predict diabetes risk, suggests study

The composition of our microbiota may change through the development of pre-diabetes and diabetes, thus predicting risk and potentially leading to new ways to aid blood sugar management, say researchers.

China

Chinese authorities plan 22-month crackdown on food safety

China’s most powerful prosecutor will crack down on crimes involving food, drugs and environmental practices over the next 22 months, the Supreme People's Procuratorate has announced.

India

Assocham: AP’s strong processing sector demands better supply chain

Business leaders have called on the Andhra Pradesh government to announce it will establish the fast-moving supply chain needed for to transport produce to its strong food-processing industry.

NZ Commerce Commission backs INC call for power to restrict infant formula marketing

The New Zealand Commerce Commission has given "preliminary" backing to an Infant Nutrition Council (INC) request for power to restrict the infant formula marketing practices of its members. ...

Australia

Industry applauds new food code, but does it go far enough?

Australia’s food and grocery champion has applauded the release last week of a new government code of conduct that will govern it.

Skipping breakfast may lead to diabetes and heart disease

Skipping breakfast may typically be associated with obesity but a recent study on young women suggested it could also lead to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and...

Australia

Abbott's U-turn brings country-of-origin labelling back to the table

Having earlier told food companies that it was their responsibility “not to poison their customers”, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has changed his view and announced that his government will now...

Not all foreign companies are familiar with food canning US FDA requirements

Registrar Corp claims not all foreign companies are familiar with food canning US FDA requirements as it celebrates National Canned Food Month this February.

Australia

Complementary health comes in from the cold

Complementary medicine may have been welcomed back to the fold after an official review panel added a new chapter on alternative health to the landmark discussion document on healthcare deregulation...

FAO

FAO: Food security requires ‘paradigm shift’ in agri-production models

Farmers must change their approach to production if the world wants to meet its food security challenges, the director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations said...

Philippines

Filipino food safety Act given more teeth and oversight

Ministers in the Philippines have signed off the regulatory side of their country’s Food Safety Act 2013, bringing new levels of oversight to the industry and placing greater responsibility onto...

China

China’s food poisoning deaths up slightly last year

The number of people dying of food poisoning grew slightly last year, with figures released by the National Health and Family Planning Commission showing an increase of less than 1%.