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Hydrocyanic acid forces recall of Tapioca chips

Resmi International has recalled Manjilas Tapioca Chips Spicy in Australia due to high levels of hydrocyanic acid.

Foodborne illness declines in Australia

Foodborne illness has declined 17% overall in Australia but the number of Salmonella and Campylobacter cases has risen.

Australasia

Regulator to review request to delay transition to new fibre claims

Australasia’s food regulator has released a consultation paper on the back of calls by an Australian food industry body for the start date for new dietary fibre content claims to...

Australia in brief

New centre opens in Brisbane to focus on healthier food research

An industry-backed centre dedicated to creating healthier food choices for Australian and Asian consumers has opened at the University of Queensland.

Australia

Sushi on a roll as Aussies favour health over spring rolls

Sushi’s popularity is on the rise while spring rolls appear to be gradually falling out of favour in Australia, new figures reveal. 

Australia

Forget five: Eight fruit, veggie portions a day makes people happier

Fruit and vegetables have been identified as a vital key to mental well-being by researchers in Queensland, challenging nutritional recommendations around the world.

Japan in brief

Japan awards first patent to resveratrol for sleep improvement

Melinjo resveratrol has become the first product in Japan to receive a patent in Japan for sleep improvement. 

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Heinz recalls beetroot due to processing error

HJ Heinz has recalled Golden Circle Beetroot Slices in Australia and New Zealand due to a processing error which could lead to microbial growth.

Australia

Abbott government eyes complementary healthcare for deregulation

Tony Abbott’s crusade to cut Australian bureaucratic red tape will now target the complementary medicines industry by considering a greater acceptance of international standards.

Source of Yersinia outbreak remains unclear

The source of an outbreak of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis which has sickened at least 127 people in New Zealand remains unclear, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Australia

Australian regulator accuses Coles of malpractice in new legal action

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has initiated fresh legal proceedings against Coles over the supermarket giant’s alleged unsavory commercial practices with its suppliers.

Australia

Cargill sues Viterra over alleged deception at Australian malt maker

Agribusiness major Cargill has filed a lawsuit against Vittera over alleged deceptive practices at Australia’s largest producer of barley malt, which it bought from the Canada-based grain handler last year....

Australia

Tim Tams, infant drink among ‘shonkiest’ products of 2014

An iconic biscuit and a range of junior milk drinks were among the winners—or losers—of Choice’s annual Shonky Awards roll call, which sets out to uncover companies peddling "sneaky, slippery,...

Australia

American consumer group demands USDA protection from Australian meat

A consumer rights group in the US has called on its country’s regulators to review and possibly revoke Australia’s meat inspection process, calling it an inherently flawed system.

Yersinia sickens more than 100 in New Zealand

New Zealand is investigating at least 101 cases of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis which has a ‘credible link’ to a food source.

Australia - feature

Young binge drinkers risk compounding mental health issues

Research has shown that binge drinking by youngsters with existing mental health issues can risk exacerbating their condition.

New Zealand

Sporty kids being bombarded with junk food ads in New Zealand

Kiwi kids are being bombarded with junk food advertising and their parents often feel powerless to combat this, according to new research released at the NZ Population Health Conference in...

Sri Lanka suspends sale of Fonterra milk powder batches over illnesses

Sri Lanka has suspended the sale of three batches of Fonterra-made Anchor milk powder after complaints of illness in children.

Fonterra pleads not guilty to buttermilk disposal and odor charges

Fonterra has pleaded not guilty to nine charges related to the 2013 disposal of, and odor caused by, more than 3m litres of buttermilk and contaminated milk.

Australia

Combined data technique could help nutrition monitoring

A new combination of household food purchases and nutrition data is being used to assess population exposure to sodium, saturated fat and sugar in New Zealand.

Australia

Pipis on the MAP thanks to Asia’s demand for cockles

Innovations in packaging have allowed a newly formed Australian seafood company to expand their business to national and international markets.

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Young Australian women have become fatter, fitter over two decades

Young Australian women have now become fatter, fitter and more frazzled than they were nearly 20 years ago, according to long-term academic research.

Australia

Enzymotec opens up Down Under as lawyers drum up support for lawsuit

Global lipid supplier Enzymotec has established a Southern Hemisphere subsidiary, Enzymotec Australia with Claudette Cross at the helm of the country’s operations in Australia and New Zealand. 

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Aussie barbies hitting a snag through lower ownership

Australians might be famous for putting countless “snags on the barbie”, though the latest data from Roy Morgan Research shows that this is happening increasingly less often with barbecue ownership...

Australia

Consumer Commission: Grocery code welcome, though with provisions

In welcoming industry efforts to develop a code of conduct to address unfair practices in the grocery sector, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has called for issues around enforceability...

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