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First Emirati food study could help with diabetes planning

Research led by a university in Abu Dhabi has provided new insights into how traditional Emirati foods can affect blood sugar levels.

FAO turns to mobile technology to tempt Iraqi farmers back to fields

Mobile money transfers has been adopted as part of a cash-for-work programme aimed at rehabilitating agricultural infrastructure for the benefit of vulnerable rural families in Iraq.

Regulator queries high level health claim for beta-glucan and cholesterol in Australia and New Zealand

Products containing oats, but not barley, should be permitted to make higher level health claims relating to blood cholesterol benefits, according to regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).

Australia

Scientists trial charged-water irrigation system to boost food safety

Technology that allows vegetables to be cleaned with electrically charged water before harvest is being trialled in Australia.

Grain exporters warned of tighter controls at Chinese ports

Australian grain exporters have been told to be wary of tougher new grain import standards as Beijing implements a raft of agriculture reforms. 

China direct

Contaminated Dutch eggs found in Hong Kong

Samples of Dutch eggs containing unsafe levels of the pesticide fipronil have been identified by authorities in Hong Kong.

Early-life exposure to famine increases risk of dyslipidaemia in women: China study

Exposure to severe famine as a foetus or infant significantly increases the chance of having dyslipidaemia in adulthood for women, analysis of people affected by the Chinese famine has revealed...

Lack of diverse diets affecting mental development of children in rural India

A lack of dietary diversity is affecting the motor, language and social skills of children in one of India's poorest states.

India

FSSAI told to forget about America and learn from China and Vietnam

The World Bank has urged India to be more self-aware and learn from middle-income countries to help it improve its food safety standards.

Chinese officials crack down on food-safety rumours

Chinese food inspectors must become more transparent in a bid to control food-safety rumours circulating on social media.

New Zealand

Support for sugar tax remains constant among Kiwis

The number of Kiwis in favour of a tax on sugary drinks has hardly changed in the last year, after a new poll revealed that two thirds of respondents continue...

This week Down Under

Adolescent food allergies ‘concerningly’ high

One in 20 of all Australian adolescents now have a food allergy—a worryingly high number according to the authors of a new study.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Thailand to introduce new sugar tax over six years

Thailand will phase in a sugar tax over six years in a bid to help drinks manufacturers to lower their sugar content and take advantage of a simultaneous lowering of...

Japan’s Food with Function Claims: Limited consumer understanding of regulatory details

Consumers, physicians and pharmacists have a high level of awareness of the existence of Japan’s Food with Function Claims (FFC), but far fewer have a clear understanding of what the...

India drafting front-of-pack health labelling scheme

India’s food regulator is considering a mandatory benchmarking system to provide guidance on a product’s fat, sugar and salt content.

Dubai turns to cartoon characters to tackle childhood obesity

Dubai plans to tackle childhood obesity by using fun, colourful characters in a bid to persuade kids to eat healthier food.

1.3k tonnes of rotten food discovered in UAE’s latest food fraud case

Health inspectors uncovered more than 1,300 tonnes of rotten fruit, vegetables, meat and being sold at unlicensed markets to poor residents in Dubai in the first half of this year.

Syrian farm production grows, but is still far from pre-war levels

Food security has improved in parts of Syria over the last year, though the overall situation remains far worse than before the war.

Hypertension risk soars in ‘metabolically healthy’ overweight Chinese adults

Overweight or obese Chinese individuals — even those with a healthy metabolic phenotype — have a significantly increased risk of hypertension compared to those within the normal weight range....

India

Supreme Court slams ‘pathetic’ response to food distribution law

India’s Supreme Court has dismissed state compliance to India’s Food Security Act as “pathetic”, and said it was a “pity” that legislation enacted by parliament had been kept on the...

Western diet increases colorectal cancer risk in Japanese women: Cohort study

Consumption of a Western diet increased the risk of colon and distal cancer among women in Japan, a large population-based cohort study has found.

Move to bring export quality to domestic foods gathers steam in China

A campaign launched last year to encourage Chinese food companies to bring the same production processes used for exported goods to those sold locally has attracted more than 1,500 brands.

Academics showcase research to boost Filipino food security

Ensuring food security for its population is central to realise the government’s goal of achieving a high-income economy in the Philippines by 2022, according to a leading academic.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Brunei clarifies new halal laws for manufacturers and retailers

Plus: Academics showcase research to boost Filipino food security.

FoodPro / AIFST Convention 2017

Australia’s food regulation changes: ‘The good, the bad and the ugly’

The desired policy outcomes for Australian food and drink regulations are rapidly shifting away from food safety and point-of-sale information to being focused on public health and consumer rights…leading to...

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