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TV sting prompts official investigation into leading food delivery app

China’s most popular food delivery app has found itself at the centre of a television exposé amid claims that its service breaches food safety laws and faces fines pending an...

Apac must provide the thrust in eradicating global poverty

Asia-Pacific has the potential to lead the world in the complete eradication of poverty and hunger, according to the head of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

Malaysian health inspectors to probe bamboo chopsticks for chemicals

Malaysian officials will study disposable chopsticks to determine whether they pose risks to public health.

Vietnamese lagging behind in stature due to poor diets

Unbalanced diets with too much sugar and salt and too few vegetables have been blamed for the substandard stature of Vietnamese people.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Indonesia-Australia trade deal expected in 18 months after long wait

After almost four years of stalled talks, it appears that a trade agreement between Indonesia and Australia might be nearing its conclusion.

Experts take sides as NZ prepares to promote Health Star labelling

Next week will see New Zealand embark on a three-month awareness campaign to promote the voluntary Health Star labelling system in a move championed by the country’s food industry and...

This week Down Under

Study: Binge drinking increases likelihood of committing crime

Australian binge drinkers are up to three times more likely to commit crimes or engage in antisocial behaviour—though rates for these have been declining in all sections of society, except...

News in brief

Hundreds of tons of smuggled meat seized in China

A large volume of smuggled meat from Brazil and the US has been reportedly seized at a port in Zhangzhou City, Fujian Province, China. 

New Zealand

Bees dumber, more forgetful after ingesting tiny doses of pesticide

A pesticide used internationally to protect food crops against insects and mites can produce severe learning and memory deficits in honeybees, even in very small doses.

France to vote on palm oil tax

A tax on palm oil destined for food could be on the cards in France as the government votes on its Biodiversity Bill this week.

Exclusive data

Mexican soda tax analysis: The figures just don’t back the hype

The success of the Mexican soda tax is fast becoming the stuff of public health myth and legend.

IARC urges action against mycotoxin contamination in developing countries

The problem of mycotoxin contamination in developing countries has been ‘ignored for too long’ and it is time to ‘turn science into action’, according to the director of an organisaton...

Australia the world leader in Salmonella outbreaks

Australia has more outbreaks of Salmonella than any other country, according to researchers in the country who found 73 cases of the bacteria per 100,000 people last year.

India

Soft drinks makers rail against Budget duty increase

India's INR140bn (US$2.8bn) soft drink industry has called on the government to reverse an increase in excise duty on beverages. 

South Asia radius

Salt content mislabelled in two-thirds of Indian processed foods

Most food labelling in India shows an inaccurate representation of the salt that packaged products contain, a major study has found. The research comes at a time when growth in...

News in brief

MPI issues raw milk safety reminder

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has said raw milk is a high risk food and it's important that consumers understand why.

China direct

Food safety chief: FDA struggling to cope with scale of adulteration

China’s food authorities are unable to keep up with cases of chemical and drug adulteration, according to the head of its Food and Drug Administration.

NZ gets new food law, revised standards take effect across Australasia

New Zealand has implemented a new food Act this month, which places increased emphasis on manufacturers to take responsibility for managing food safety.

Cash available for NZ-China dairy research

New Zealand Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has announced a call for proposals for three multi-institution New Zealand-China Research Collaboration Centres to be supported as part of the new...

India's Union Budget

Budget 2016: How it affects India's food industry

Most interest by the food industry in this year’s Union Budget will centre on reforms of foreign direct investment in food retail and policies aimed at farmers. Already, industry figures...

News in brief

Japan’s FSMA preparation subject of FDA delegation trip

Public seminars in Japan on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rules drew the largest audiences to date, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

News in brief

Taiwan to tweak nutrition labelling regulations

Taiwan’s regulators plan to revise food labelling requirements in July after a period of public consultation.

Japan assesses halal demand ahead of 2020 Olympics

Japan must look to the Middle East or Brunei in a bid improve its halal provision in time for the 2020 Olympics, the country’s foreign affairs ministry has said. 

Far East in focus

Study: Childhood fruit consumption could reduce future obesity risk

Korean research has found that a higher intake of sugar from fruit and milk during adolescence can reduce the risk of obesity later in life.

News in brief

Huge shipment of rotting pork found in Manila

A total of 165 containers of rotting meat is sitting at a shipping port in the Philippines – and nobody has claimed responsibility for it.

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