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From regulation to public health campaigns, the priorities of governments, industry, civil society groups and other stakeholders feed into the policies and programmes that influence eating habits in Asia.

China

China to champion food safety liability insurance

China’ s Food and Drug Administration has revealed that it is working on a food-safety liability insurance programme in high-risk industries, such as those involving dairy and meat products.

New Zealand

Consultation opens on infant formula proposals

Food safety minister Nikki Kaye has announced the opening of consultation on measures that aim to ensure the robustness of New Zealand’s assurance system for infant formula exports.

New Zealand

Cities with fluoridated water see half the tooth decay among kids

Children who live in New Zealand cities where fluoride is not added to the water supply have up to 95% more tooth decay than those where fluoridation is the norm.

China

New draft law is a step in the right direction for supps exporters

A recent draft reform of China’s Food Safety Law, which is now available for public comment, is a great improvement for supplements exporters who have been increasingly frustrated at the...

Palm oil plantations threaten water quality, warn researchers

The expansion of oil palm plantations may also pose a threat to water quality in fresh water streams that millions of people depend on, according to new research.

India

Court declares nutraceutical prior-approval advisory ‘unlawful’

Dietary and health supplement manufacturers in India will be breathing a sigh of relief after a decision by the Bombay High Court to quash a controversial advisory by the country’s...

India

Government to crack down on produce hoarders in bid to curb inflation

One of India’s most senior politicians has urged state governments to take a tough stand on hoarders, who he claimed are behind the continuing price spikes of staples like onions...

Insight

How companies should act to stamp out fishing slavery in Thailand

If modern-day slavery is ever to be eradicated from Thailand’s food sector, companies and supermarkets must set out to make their supply chains more transparent—a move for which there seems to be...

Norovirus risk from Chinese strawberries warning

Strawberries from China will be subject to stiffer checks for norovirus and hepatitis A at EU borders, following an alert about contaminated produce from the EU's Rapid Alert System for...

CRN joins with IADSA to broaden reach of supplement safety info

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has teamed with an international dietary supplement trade group to disseminate science-based information about the safety of supplements in an effort to help inform discussions...

Southeast Asia

FAO urges smallholders unite to improve conditions, sustainability

Indigenous peoples, local communities and private smallholders should actively form producer organisations, according to two new reports promoted by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Malaysia

Obesity taking its toll in Asia's heaviest country

Alarm bells are ringing for Malaysian lawmakers after an Asia-wide study found that almost half of the country's population is now classed as obese. 

New Zealand

Experts at loggerheads over NZ's decision to join star rating system

Health groups and nutritional experts are at loggerheads over a decision by New Zealand’s government to join Australia’s star rating system, with some criticising it for having ignored research on...

Replacing sat fats with polyunsaturated fats is ‘questionable’

Researchers have questioned the practice of replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats, claiming that there is ‘much evidence’ that doing the opposite is more relevant.

Insight

Firm's 'bullying' response to labour claims sets dangerous precedent

This story is part of a new series of investigative reporting commissioned by FoodNavigator-Asia to follow the legalities and loopholes in Asia's produce growing and production network.

Australia

Company fined for selling honey that does not come from bees

An Australian company has been fined after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for misleading consumers with a brand of honey that was mainly comprised of sugars derived from plants.

Australia-China

Scientists link poor nutrition with chronic diseases for first time

International research involving the University of Adelaide has shown for the first time that poor nutrition, including a lack of fruit, vegetables and whole grains, is associated with the development...

Coles ‘freshly baked’ claims false, rules Australia Federal Court

Australian retail major Coles misled consumers with false claims that its bakery products were ‘freshly baked’ in store when they were par-baked, the Federal Court of Australia has ruled.

India

EU, US request for food security data sparks trade row with India

The US and EU have called on the World Trade Organisation to make the provision of full information on India’s food subsidy programme a precondition before they can begin negotiations...

Australia

Australia to get national standard for free-range eggs

Australian consumers will finally have a clear definition for free-range eggs after state and territory ministers agreed to a New South Wales proposal to develop a national standard for free-range...

India

Modi calls for new emphasis on technology to fight rising food costs

New Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has vowed to control food inflation in the country by improving agriculture productivity through modern farm techniques and collaborations between academia and farms.

Australia

Australia's future sports stars are being bombarded by fast food ads

New research has shown that Australian children are being bombarded with unprecedented levels of ads for fast food and sugary drinks via food and beverage firms sponsoring community sports clubs.

Australia

Queensland wild rice could save crop if supply were to be compromised

The unique history of Australia’s wild rice means it could play a key role in tackling global food security as part of future breeding programmes, according to a leading plant...

Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture are crucial to food security and nutrition, says FAO

Urgent action is needed to address the adverse effects of overfishing, pollution and climate change on fisheries and aquaculture, says FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva.

Indonesian Minister and RSPO open to collaboration on joint sustainable palm oil standard

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Indonesian Vice Minister of Trade have announced that they are open to a collaboration to produce a joint sustainable palm oil...

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