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Of thousands of HK food samples, just a handful failed safety tests

All but four out of 9,200 food samples tested for adulteration by Hong Kong government’s Centre for Food Safety in the last year have been found to be satisfactory.

Chinese authorities take to social media to reassure anxious consumers

China’s food regulator has outlined the measures it has been taking to promote safety in the wake of numerous adulteration scandals.

FAO and Irri collaborate for Apac rice sustainability programme

The International Rice Research Institute will work more closely with the UN’s agriculture agency to support sustainable rice production in developing countries in a bid to improve food security.

Looming GCC sugar tax could be expanded to include food

Companies will not shoulder the increased cost of a selective tax that could increase the price of soft drinks by half once it is introduced in six Gulf countries.

FAO: Agriculture support more important than human aid in Syria

Syrian agricultural production “can and should be kick-started” after the huge damage it has endured during years of fighting.

Korea to seek permission to begin halal exports to UAE

The UAE will soon begin negotiations with South Korea over allowing produce with local halal certification to be recognised in the emirates.

UAE ban for Croatian poultry as bird flu hits country

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has banned a number of live bird and poultry product imports from Croatia, following an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

Weight gain before conception can triple risk of gestational diabetes

Weight gain in the years leading up to conception can triple the risk of gestational diabetes, with the odds also increased for mums-to-be who gain weight but still maintain a...

European Parliament votes in favour of strict new palm oil measures

Today the European Parliament voted to implement tough new palm oil resolutions, which if enforced would see its elimination from use in biofuels and enforce stricter regulations on production and...

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Regulator orders food firms to do more to address consumer complaints

India’s food regulator has met with food companies and state inspectors to raise concerns over their response to consumer complaints mostly concerning packaging. 

Meat sellers strike following crackdown in India

Meat traders from India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, are on indefinite strike to protest the new Hindu nationalist state government’s forced closure of slaughterhouses and meat shops. ...

Conflict a key driver behind soaring food insecurity worldwide

Over 100 million people worldwide are severely food insecure in 2016 - a jump from the 80 m recorded in 2015, despite the progress made in reducing food security, according...

New Zealand: Animal welfare body airs ‘concerns’

Concerns over selective breeding practices in New Zealand’s commercial pork and poultry farms have been raised in a report from the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC).

Malaysian government targets fake stevia sale

Malaysians selling fake stevia products have been warned that they could face conviction after a probe was ordered into the practice.

Australia

Witchetty grubs still on the menu for nine out of 10 Aboriginals

Scientists observing the eating habits of Aboriginals living in remote communities continue to eat age-old foods, including echidna, goanna, mud mussel, long-neck turtle and witchetty grub, regularly.

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Regulator turns to industry for food-safety partnerships

The Indian food regulator has been co-opting food companies to join it in a drive to improve levels of food safety and hygiene across India. 

China

Party pressures ministry for stricter penalties for adulteration

China’s lack of specific penalties for food adulterers and counterfeiters has left a “legal vacuum” that will only encourage more criminals to take their chances with the law.

China

Return of deadly bird flu strain prompts agencies to rethink approach

The UN’s agriculture and animal welfare bodies have called for the development of a robust detection and response system to check a resurgent outbreak of an avian influenza strain that...

Australia gets unified peak seafood body

The formation of a single national peak body for Australia’s A$2.8bn (US$3.5bn) seafood industry has been completed with the appointment of the inaugural board.

Australia

Food mould innovator selected to pitch invention to Silicon Valley

An Australian researcher who has discovered how to stop mould growing on fresh food will join a select group of innovators in pitching pitching to big-name backers.

Indian crackdown on illegal meat slaughter, smuggling

India’s chief minister for the state of Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath Yogi, has ordered a crackdown on cow smuggling and illegal slaughter. 

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False claims still blighting Indonesia’s functional food sector despite tighter rules

Misleading health claims are still rife in Indonesia despite tighter functional food rules, claims a new association set up to ‘professionalise the industry’.

China seemingly backtracks on tougher e-commerce rules providing a boost to supplement and food firms

China’s Commerce Ministry appears to have halted plans for more stringent cross border e-commerce rules, meaning many goods will still be regarded as personal trade, rather than for commercial distribution. ...

Syrian government turns again to Russian for wheat supplies

A media report has revealed that Syria’s state grain buyer has agreed to purchase 1.2m tonnes of Russian wheat.

FAO DG chides Egypt over crop choice as water stocks drop further

The head of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has called for an “urgent and massive response” to the problem of critically low water reserves in the Middle East and...

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