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Dateline Southeast Asia

Study: Tropical ecosystems pay the price for underpriced agriculture

While international trade may generate economic benefits to agricultural exporters in the tropics, a groundbreaking study by National University of Singapore researchers reveals that benefits from trade cannot compensate for...

Operation Opson V

Interpol-Europol busts dodgy weight loss supplements in massive global fraud fight

A global crack down on food fraud coordinated by Europol and Interpol across 57 nations has captured a South Korean-based racket selling contaminated online weight loss food supplements.

Australia

Survey suggests blokes should man up and swap barbie for kitchen

Australian men are being called to ditch the takeaway and start cooking meals at home after a recent survey found one in four needed to “man up in the kitchen”.

News in brief

New app is latest attempt by government to bring technology to farmers

India’s agriculture minister has launched a mobile app to provide farmers with information relating to best cultivation practices, resource conservation, and new varieties of crops and farm machinery.

Bangladesh gets new regulator to oversee revised food safety law

Bangladesh’s new food safety regulator will commence operations in April with a brief to prevent the production and sale of adulterated food items, the country’s food minister has announced. ...

South Asia radius

Minister mulls tobacco-style health warnings on food packaging

Packaged foods containing high levels of fat, sugar or salt could be forced to display health warnings similar to those on cigarette packets if a suggestion by India’s consumer affairs...

South Korea hit with bird flu outbreak

Just one month after securing its bird flu-free status, South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed bird flu has been detected near the country’s capital, Seoul. ...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Malaysia to propose Asean-wide food safety certification

Malaysia intends to push for a common food safety certification system among fellow Asean member states to drive global competitiveness.

Soapbox

Certification, effort of ethics and the Island Life journey

There is no questioning the market appeal of ethically based products. Companies increasingly seek to source raw materials that have been endorsed by any one of a number of certifying...

This week Down Under

Baby of the family is least likely to be breastfed

A family’s youngest child is most likely to miss out on breastfeeding, according to an Australian study that also found that a woman’s education level and the number of children...

Mondelēz partners in Melbourne hub for research into SE Asian markets

The Asia-Pacific arm of Mondelēz has collaborated with Melbourne University to open a food research hub to learn about consumer behaviour in Asean markets.

Minister seeks to transform India into a food processing re-export hub

India’s food processing minister has called on international food companies to manufacture their products in India’s “mega food parks” before re-exporting these to a country of their choosing.

South Asia radius

Businesses call for FTA reform as Indian exports continue to fall

Business leaders have called on the Indian government to conduct a thorough review of the country's trade agreements as experts predict this year’s exports will slump to 2010 levels.

Greenhouse gas mitigation potential from livestock sector revealed

Australian scientists believe that the world’s livestock sector could account for up to half of the global agricultural, forestry and land-use sectors’ potential to mitigate greenhouse gases while still maintaining...

China first soil pollution law due in 2017

Having declared war on pollution in 2014, Beijing is hoping to pass China’s first law to govern soil contamination next year to curtail damage caused by decades of industrial growth...

New technique enables fast, accurate measurement of bacteria levels

Chinese-led research has found a fast, accurate and non-invasive technique for monitoring the growth of pathogenic microorganisms that makes it easier to estimate the amount of bacteria within food containers...

China direct

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.

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