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Aus-NZ labelling proposal may persuade public that palm oil is ‘toxic’

A proposal to force companies to notify consumers if their product contains palm oil is likely to mislead the public and imply that it is toxic and best avoided.

Only one-in-four Australian pregnant women adhere to folic acid and iodine guidelines

Australian women are well aware that folic acid (PFS) and iodine (IS) are recommended supplements to take during pregnancy, but only a quarter of them adhere to the recommendations, scientists...

Palm oil plantations moving in on lowland forests can damage ecosystem functions

Replacing tropical lowland forests with oil palm plantations can damage 11 out of 14 functions of a healthy ecosystem, some of which will be irreparable, researchers say.

Animal welfare is under the spotlight in Australia

Australian meat companies could lose out in Asian markets if they focus too much on animal welfare, Dawson Bradford, president of the West Australian Pork Producers’ Association (WAPPA) has warned. ...

Wild Himalayan fruits provide nutritional and nutraceutical opportunities: Study

A study of wild edible fruits found in the Himalayas indicates they are a rich source of antioxidants, with researchers concluding they can help meet the nutritional needs of the...

‘Sugar taxes and education’ needed to tackle obesity in expectant mothers

Trying to tackle obesity in women when they become pregnant is usually “too little too late”, according to two authors from the University of Sydney and Charles Perkins Centre.

Benchmark challenge: Australian additive reforms push sector into global thinking

Australia’s feed sector wants to benchmark improvements created by 2015 reforms on additive imports and better engage with the global market, industry heads say.

One in four Hong Kong soy sauces found to contain traces of carcinogen

More than a quarter of soy sauce brands tested by the Hong Kong Consumer Council have been found to contain a possibly carcinogenic compound, while a similar number failed to...

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Minister: Manufacturers' responsibility to push food safety awareness

Food manufacturers should invest some of their profits to promote awareness of food safety, and consumers should use gadgets to check for adulteration.

Australian researchers discover four new chilli pathogens

Scientists in Melbourne have identified four new pathogens previously not found in Australian chillies, raising the stakes for the country’s quarantine and disease resistance efforts.

Philippines FDA sets out to fast-track licensing and registration

Authorities in the Philippines are poised to cut the time it takes for manufacturers of processed foods and health products to secure operating licences and product registrations following calls for...

Nepal study: More than half of adolescent girls have anaemia

Over half the population of Nepalese adolescent girls have anaemia, mostly due to undernourishment, research in the country has revealed.

This week Down Under

Aussie scientists find small molecules to help grow SMARTER cereals

University of Adelaide researchers have been rethinking plant breeding strategies to improve the development of new high-yielding, stress-tolerant cereal varieties.

Kiwi bee decline could cost economy up to NZ$728m a year

New Zealand agriculture stands to lose between NZ$295m and NZ$728m (US$213m-525m) each year if the local honeybee population continues to decline, according to a study into the economic consequences of...

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MPI investigates potential unregulated meat sales

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating an alleged unregulated meat premises.

Dubai officials clear Milka bars social media spreads alcohol rumours

A simple labelling mis-translation gave rise to widespread rumours that an international chocolate brand’s formulation contained alcohol, Dubai authorities have revealed following a probe.

Authorities hunt for contaminated pig meat in Hong Kong

Hong Kong authorities have identified the distribution of pork from contaminated imported pigs, which were sent to more than two-dozen retailers across the city.

Officials swoop on New Zealand man flogging illegal meat

A sting operation to investigate a New Zealand man believed to be selling meat illegally was carried out today by the country’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

India may allow vegetable fats in chocolate

Vegetable fats such as palm oil may be permitted in chocolate up to 5% under draft regulation from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

42.5% of residents in India’s capital are diabetic, study reveals

More than two in five of Delhi residents are diabetic, a study has found, placing India’s capital just ahead of Mumbai, where 38.5% of the population suffer from the condition.

Modern-day slavery at Thai poultry farms risks 'polluting' supply chain

Poultry meat importers risk “polluting their supply chains” by relying on Thai producers that abuse workers’ rights and must press them to uphold the law, according to a prominent migrant...

Qatar could see ‘sin tax’ once VAT is introduced

Qatar could see the introduction of “sin taxes” as the government seeks new ways to fund spending over the next three years, according to a ministerial report.

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FSSAI increases scientific panels as charm offensive continues

India’s food regulator has increased the number of scientific panels that inform it, and boosted the frequency of their meetings in the wake of the Maggi instant noodles controversy that...

Taiwan reviews safety of two flour additives

Taiwan’s food safety authorities are evaluating whether regulations governing the use of two additives to flour products should be amended.

China’s delivery platforms get new food safety regulations

Food sold online will be governed from October by new food safety regulations that will bring strict penalties for violators, the China Food and Drug Administration has announced.

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