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This week Down Under

Study: Fibre and vitamin A key to preventing allergies to peanuts

Eating a diet rich in fibre can shape the immune system to reduce allergies to substances such as peanuts, new research shows. 

NZ ministry predicts strong dairy growth

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand says that while dairy exports are down 6% in the past year, the future looks good.

News in brief

Fonterra’s NZ$8m upgrade for lactose

An NZ$8m ($5.6m) upgrade is under way at Fonterra’s Edgecumbe site to capture lactose that previously could not be extracted from the site’s waste stream.

Guest Article

Navigating complex global rules for soft drinks

For soft drink and fruit juice manufacturers looking to expand into new geographies, understanding global regulations is vital. However, this is no mean feat.

Australian cattle killed with sledgehammer in Vietnamese abattoir

‘Abhorrent’ footage aired in Australia shows what is believed to be cattle unlawfully exported to Vietnam being bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer.

Australia

Research shows that those with long commutes are generally heavier

People who drive an hour or more a day are significantly heavier and wider at the waist than those who spend 15 minutes or fewer behind the wheel, research shows.

Kangaroo meat deemed a healthy choice for consumers

Australian kangaroo meat has passed a series of food safety tests with flying colours, proving the nutritionally-rich, low-fat meat is a safe and healthy choice for consumers.

Australia/New Zealand

Cautious response to regulator’s 'inconclusive' nano-tech review

The antipodean food regulator has commissioned an advisory group to assess the safety of nano-technology following the release of two reports reviewing the effects of nano-particles in food additives and...

Australia

Industry reacts strongly to Labor’s plan to cut natural therapy rebate

Australia’s complementary medicines industry has warned the opposition Labor party that its new policy to cut the rebate for natural therapies was a “false economy” that would only succeed in...

Australia

Supplements can stop fathers from passing on malnutrition to offspring

Australian researchers have found that malnourished fathers can prevent passing on poor health to children by taking antioxidant and vitamin supplements before conceiving.

NZ study: Obese mothers five times more likely to have obese daughters

Overweight mothers were nearly three times more likely than normal-weight mothers to have a daughter who will become obese as an adult—and obese mothers were five times more likely to...

Meat & Livestock Australia rebukes criticism of ‘world-leading’ program

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has hit back at criticism from the Australian Beef Association over its meat quality program.

Australia

Fsanz awards Ingredion’s Hi-Maize digestive health claim approval

Ingredion has obtained a general-level digestive health claim from the A for its Hi-Maize resistant starch stating that the ingredient “helps to maintain/support a healthy digestive system when consumed as...

Australia

Researchers pioneer ‘chewing gum’ test to identify blindness disease

Researchers from the University of Sydney’s Save Sight Institute have found a simple “chewing gum” test that could be the key to identifying and treating giant cell arteritis (GCA), a...

Half of Australia can’t even pronounce hipster’s favourite super-food

Only half of Australians have tried quinoa despite its trendy status, and as many are unaware of how to pronounce it.

This week Down Under

Nescafé sales drop as smaller brands and coffee joints gain favour

The proportion of Australians buying instant coffee has declined over the last five years, while fresh coffee sales have increased, market research has found. 

Australia

Pilot study: 5:2 diet can improve health of type 2 diabetes patients

A popular diet is proving to be effective for improving the health of people with type 2 diabetes, a pilot trial has found.

Bundaberg Brew CEO talks about making it big stateside from Down Under

An iconic beverage in its homeland Australia, Bundaberg Brew became a little hidden gem when it came stateside. With a new deal with Safeway and Albertsons, the company wants to...

Fonterra’s new cheese slice line expansion officially opens

Fonterra has officially opened its new slice-on-slice cheese expansion at Eltham, New Zealand, with the plant now able to produce enough cheese to fill more than 3bn burgers each year.

Fun of the pear: Aussie invention will ‘transform avocado industry’

An Australian company claims to have developed technology that will “revolutionise” the global avocado market by preventing the pears from browning.

Australia in talks with Japan to lift trade ban

The Australian government is in talks with political counterparts in Japan after the latter imposed a trade ban on live cattle imports, following a virus outbreak.

Australian innovation makes raw milk safe to drink

Made By Cow, an Australian company, says it has developed a safe way for people to enjoy untreated milk, without heat pasteurization or homogenization.

China’s Maling enters beef industry

Huge profits and game-changing scale predicted for a Shanghai pork firm seeking to enter the beef industry through a 50% stake in one of New Zealand’s biggest meat processors. 

Australia

Regulator green-lights second food-safety phage

The antipodean food regulator has given its go-ahead for a second food-safety phage product by Netherlands-based Mocreos in Australia and New Zealand.

Australia

Patties receives takeover bid from PE firm

Pattie’s Foods has received a A$230m bid from private equity firm Pacific Equity Partners to take over the Australian packaged food major.

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