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How supplements can filter out the negative effects of Blue Light

Studies suggest that, over time, exposure to the Blue Light could cause serious long-term damage to our eyes and sleep patterns.

Calls for Asian sugar tax as Kiwi review awards poor marks to Mexico

The World Health Organisation has asked countries on the west side of the Pacific to consider imposing a tax on all soft drinks in a bid to tackle rising rates...

Dramatic rise in Pacific Islands diabetes cases questioned due to ‘methodological errors’

High reported rates of type 2 diabetes in some Pacific Island nations have been called into question after Australian researchers found deficiencies in the methods used to test for the...

Busy Aussies don’t leave breakfast drinks just for brekkie

The meal that is widely considered to be the most important of the day is regularly missed by almost a quarter of Australians—though few have time for breakfast-in-the-bottle alternatives.

Reformulation of discretionary products would have limited impact

Reformulating products such as biscuits, confectionary and sugar-sweetened beverages would have only a “small to moderate” impact on the diets of Australians, while simply telling people to eat less is “unsustainable”, an international...

Australian meat bodies clash over data criticism

The war of words between Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and the Australian Beef Association (ABA) has escalated, following criticism of the MLA’s Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI).

China’s stake in Silver Fern Farms approved

The New Zealand government has given the go-ahead for Chinese food operator Shanghai Maling to buy a 50% stake in meat processor Silver Fern Farms for $261 million.

Australia

Salt-tolerance breakthrough: Animal protein also found in crops

Australian researchers have made a breakthrough in investigating salt tolerance in plants which could lead to new salt tolerant varieties of crops, and also answer unresolved questions in plant biology.

Fonterra opens hub for China, invests in Tasmania

New Zealand’s Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed the opening of the Fonterra Ying Hub in Ying County, Shuozhou City, Shanxi Province, China.

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Sugar review: Rewriting history to expose a non-existent conspiracy

Last week, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an historical analysis of internal sugar industry documents.

'Bias at all levels': Scathing review published into sweetener-funded research

University of Sydney and Ramazzini Institute researchers are claiming widespread bias in industry-funded research into artificial sweeteners, arguing those financially backed by business are far more likely to have favourable results....

Australian grain yields up, but aphid could lead to big crop losses

The newly released official forecast of crop productivity in South Australia predicts that the 2016-17 winter harvest will be 12% above the five-year average, though the discovery of an aphid...

Wellard’s Chinese shareholders boosted by refinancing deal

Animal exporter Wellard is set to receive a multi-million-dollar payment from its largest shareholder, WGH Holdings, as part of a refinancing move set to benefit its Chinese backers.

News in brief

Fonterra says incident at Edendale plant not an explosion

Fonterra says all employees at its Edendale milk processing plant in New Zealand are safe following the collapse of a raw milk silo on Friday afternoon.

News in brief

New Zealand and China extend food safety partnership

A scholarship programme between New Zealand and China boosting understanding of each other’s food safety systems has been extended for two more years.

Australian nutrition industry cheers landmark changes to regulation

Australia’s natural nutrition and complementary health industry has received a “once in a lifetime” boost after the government gave the green light to a raft of changes to how businesses...

Australia

Kanga bangas: Firm plans to set up ‘roo factory in Europe

The world’s largest premium kangaroo meat distributor is set to establish a processing plant in Europe to target the home cooking market.

News in brief

Market update: Australian lamb

Strengthening domestic demand for Australian lamb has forced prices to grow to be 32% higher in August than they were in the corresponding month in 2015. This represents a two-year...

Australia

Tea companies should target teens as market grows slowly

Despite its well-publicised coffee craze in recent years, Australia firmly remains a nation that loves its tea—only tap water, milk and hot coffee are more widely consumed.

Australia

Craft-beer start-up has eyes on expansion from Adelaide to Asia

A home-delivery craft-beer service is helping put independent brews in the hands of ale lovers around Australia.

Korean TV and Asian demand drive freekah sales from Australia

Korean television and a partnership in Singapore have been helping an Australian super grain producer reach new markets.

Australian nutraceutical firm APM taken over in A$90m deal

Australian food packaging firm Pact is to acquire specialty nutraceutical manufacturer Australian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (APM) for A$90m.

This week Down Under

Income squeeze slams Australian food retail

Weak underlying income growth is squeezing turnover in food retail, while non-food categories are still benefiting from low interest rates and asset price inflation.

Australia’s livestock export chief visits Middle East amid black market concerns

Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council chairman Simon Crean has visited the Middle East to iron out welfare and black market concerns worrying Australia during Eid’s bumper trade period.

NZ-built dairy platform now available in different sizes

A rotary dairy platform designed and manufactured by Waikato Milking Systems is now available in a range of sizes from 40 up to 84 stalls.

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