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India

Regulator cracks down on illegal packaged drinking water manufacturers

India’s food regulator has directed state food safety officials to identify cases where packaged drinking water brands do not carry either the FSSAI or Bureau of Indian Standards’ certification marks,...

Government must free infrastructure to boost India’s competitiveness

India could save up to US$50bn a year an be more competitive in global market if the proportion of GDP spent on warehousing and infrastructure were reduced from 14% to...

South Asia radius

Vimto returns to India as Nichols signs production deal with Iceberg

Vimto, an iconic global beverage brand, is due to make a comeback in India after its British manufacturer, Nichols Plc, agreed licensing terms with Delhi-based Iceberg foods.

News in brief

200 kilos of meat seized in Pakistan

News outlets have reported that 200 kilos of unhygienic meat have been seized from two houses during a raid in Pakistan’s district of Faisalabad.   

Singapore prepares for $15m study to demystify diabetes

Singapore researchers hope that a S$20m (US$14.7m) project will “change diabetes’ natural course” in a country whose diabetic population is expected to top 1m by 2050—more than double the current...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Sugar tax one step closer to implementation in Thailand

Soft drinks could cost up to 25% more in Thailand after the National Reform Steering Assembly’s health panel approved by 153 votes to two a proposal to increase taxes for...

New corn policy could prompt shift in Chinese agri-production

By cancelling the corn temporary purchase and storage policy after eight years, Chinese authorities may have precipitated a seismic shift in the country’s corn and its deep-processing industries through this...

Bird's-eye vine view could show stresses in wider Aussie agriculture

A project in South Australia’s Coonawarra region has brought remote sensors and aerial imagery to maximise irrigation efficiencies in one of Australia’s most famous wine growing areas.

Judges rule on what constitutes a ‘New Zealand made’ supplement

Just making a product in New Zealand is not enough to earn it a "New Zealand made" label, the country’s Commerce Commission has warned.

Australia & NZ

Regulator mulls ‘all other foods’ maximum residue limit for chemicals

The antipodean food regulator has called for submissions on a proposal to create an “all other foods” maximum residue limit for some agricultural chemicals.

China's youth obesity prevalence grows from 0.03% to 17.2% in 30 years

China is paying the price of adopting a western lifestyle with soaring childhood obesity, according to a 29-year study of nearly 28,000 children and adolescents. 

WHO and FAO want feed industry data to help manage E.coli risk

Two UN bodies have initiated a global call to solicit data in order to help them provide scientific advice to guide the development of appropriate Codex standards or guidelines on...

Philippines readies drones to assess disasters' impact on agriculture

In a bid to stay ahead of the negative impacts of climate change and natural disasters, the Philippines government has started to use unmanned aerial drones to assess where farmlands...

Report: Almost all Vietnamese cattle and seafood farms use antibiotics

A staggering number of cattle seafood farms across large areas of Vietnam have been found to feed their stock antibiotics, the country’s animal welfare authority has found.

News in brief

Shanghai city-wide food safety hotline gets 300k calls in four years

A Shanghai hotline that allows members of the public to lodge complains about the food they buy has received around 300,000 calls since it was set up four years ago.

Chinese halal legislation taken off the table once again

Lukewarm reaction to a draft law on halal food has prevented it from being listed in China's legislative work plan for 2016 in spite of an announcement last month by...

South Asia radius

India’s ‘Green Revolution’ at risk from El Niño and climate change

Shortly after a train carrying 500,000 litres of water arrived in the drought-hit Maharashtran district of Latur, a report has revealed the extent to which India is “drying out”, and...

China direct

Chaotic distribution system provides fertile ground for fake formula

Chaotic sales channels are to blame for Chinese counterfeiting scandals such as the recent case involving 22,600 cans of fake milk powder produced and sold under the brands of US...

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...

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