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Greens and growers wade into country-of-origin labelling debate

An influential industry group has added its weight to the push by the Australian Green party for clearer country of origin labelling on food, claiming the current system does not...

Australia

Researchers ‘astounded’ by results of probiotic peanut allergy study

A probiotic could hold the key to treating peanut allergies in children, researchers in Melbourne have found.

Australia

Review dispels long held beliefs about Australian drinking problems

Australians are not in fact drinking more alcohol and cases of drink-fuelled violence are not on the up, in spite of longstanding beliefs in the contrary, if an industry analysis...

Australia

Omega-3 capsule concentration is mostly mislabelled, say researchers

Most of New Zealand’s omega-3 fish oil capsules have less fatty acid that the level shown on the label, scientists have found. 

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Some wellness jobs haven't even been invented yet

An essential input into the natural health supply chain is the provision of well-educated and sound practitioners—just as is the case of those who seek corporate jobs in wellness, media,...

Australia

Australia Day study assesses which beer drinkers are most patriotic

Almost 7m Australian adults drank beer at least once in any given month, with over three-quarters of these being men and nine out of 10 choosing at least one local...

Australia

Poll: Public angry at gov't and industry’s approach to healthier food

Two-thirds of Australians believe that the food industry has more say than the government over food regulation, while eight out of 10 believe the health star rating should me mandatory...

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MPI looks at upping food safety fees

Feedback on changes to fees around food safety and biosecurity, including some increases, is wanted by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Hot topic

Join the free FoodNavigator-Asia infant nutrition forum on Wednesday

On Wednesday, January 21 FoodNavigator-Asia will be holding its first free online forum under the banner "Red flags and white gold: Marketing infant formula in Asia-Pacific". Join us as a panel...

Brewer profile

The niche brewer that’s taking on the big guns at their own game

Last year was the worst for Australia’s mainstream beer industry since before the Second World War, though one Adelaide brewer, which operates on the premium cusp of the market, has...

Research

Anti-cholesterol drugs can 'safely' benefit female cardio disease

Women without any history of cardiovascular disease can reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke after an Australian study finally proved “conclusively” that cholesterol-busting statin treatment works for both...

Research

Meat-and-two-veg Australia not keeping up with 'two and five' each day

Only one in 50 Australians is eating the recommended two servings of fruit and five of vegetables each day, according to new market research. And while many keep up with...

Australia

Caffeine found to boost soft drinks consumption, industry slams study

Australian researchers have called for tighter regulation of caffeine after it was found that the addition of the chemical in soft drinks increases their consumption.

Aussie lawyers predict Pepsi v. Coke 'contour bottle' shape scrap will continue

The Federal Court of Australia recently dismissed trademark infringement claims brought by Coke against Pepsi over the former’s iconic ‘Contour Bottle’, but lawyers tip the soda scrap to continue.

Research

Soybean salt tolerance gene identified as crop land gets more saline

With the amount of saline agricultural land expected to double by 2050, a Sino-Australian research effort has identified a specific soybean gene that it believes will vasty improve crop resistance...

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How hemp seed oil could offer new hope to epilepsy sufferers

It is well established that the brain has metabolic requirements that must be satisfied by what we eat or in the case of infants, “what their mother eats”. In particular,...

Fonterra given Chinese green light for Beingmate infant formula JV

China’s Ministry of Commerce has given Fonterra the green light to establish an Australian infant formula joint venture with Chinese firm Beingmate.

News in brief

More than 100 sickened from Salmonella

An investigation has been launched in Queensland to find the source of an outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened more than 100 people.

Australia

Industry unites to slam NSW's support of container recycling scheme

An alliance of industry food and beverage associations has waded into speculation that the New South Wales government will introduce a cash-for-containers recycling scheme after a Sydney newspaper reported that...

New Zealand

Feijoa and blackberry could give new focus for inflammation treatment

New Zealand scientists believe that feijoa and blackberry extracts could be central to the development of new treatments for inflammatory bowel disease after the two fruits came top of a...

Review of the year

Asia-Pacific in 2014: A year of scandals, soul searching and success

The last 12 months have been turbulent for much of Asia-Pacific's food industry, with regulations, legislation, markets and partnerships continuing to develop in the latest step in the region's economic...

Australia

Trade groups back recommendation for extension to recycling programme

An alliance of Australian trade associations has welcomed the findings of a Council of Australian Governments (Coag) report that recommends the introduction of an industry-led national recycling and anti-litter programme,...

Soapbox

Finding right omega 3 and 6 ratio is key to protecting cell membranes

While many people are eager to rid themselves of as much fat as possible, there is still one part of the body really should contain a large quantity of it....

Australia

Fruit could lower risk of depression in women

Women who eat fewer than two serves of fruit a day face a greater risk of developing depression, University of Queensland research has found.

New Zealand

High-fibre diet improves lung health in smokers

Auckland University researchers have found that a diet that is high in fibre helps reduce harmful inflammation in the lungs of smokers.

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