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Supermarket toddler meals found to contain a day’s worth of salt

Australian toddlers are consuming their entire recommended daily salt intake in just one meal, a study of supermarket meals has found. 

No ‘economic justification’ for regulation, Australian meat processors claim

A report commissioned by the Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) has argued economic policy would have no impact on the balance of power in Australia’s beef sector.

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Pirate Life making waves in Australian craft brewing circles

Building an efficient packaging and distribution plan before opening its doors is proving as important as making a high-quality product for one of Australia’s fastest growing craft breweries. 

Fodder trends: drop in Australian cattle in feedlots

The number of slaughter cows across Australia on feed has fallen year-on-year, according to a feedlot survey by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA). 

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Fonterra adds to share dividend

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited has confirmed it will pay a further NZ$0.10 ($0.07) per share on its previously announced 2015/16 forecast dividend of NZ$0.40 ($0.29) cents per share.

Aus-NZ labelling proposal may persuade public that palm oil is ‘toxic’

A proposal to force companies to notify consumers if their product contains palm oil is likely to mislead the public and imply that it is toxic and best avoided.

Only one-in-four Australian pregnant women adhere to folic acid and iodine guidelines

Australian women are well aware that folic acid (PFS) and iodine (IS) are recommended supplements to take during pregnancy, but only a quarter of them adhere to the recommendations, scientists...

Veggie mates: Australia sees slow but steady rise in vegetarians

Between 2012 and 2016, the number of Australian vegetarians grew from 1.7m to comfortably break the 2m barrier, with New South Wales leading the way for those moving away from meat.

Animal welfare is under the spotlight in Australia

Australian meat companies could lose out in Asian markets if they focus too much on animal welfare, Dawson Bradford, president of the West Australian Pork Producers’ Association (WAPPA) has warned. ...

Commission releases draft report on Fonterra’s base milk price calculation

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has released its draft report on Fonterra’s base milk price calculation for the 2015-16 dairy season.

Benchmark challenge: Australian additive reforms push sector into global thinking

Australia’s feed sector wants to benchmark improvements created by 2015 reforms on additive imports and better engage with the global market, industry heads say.

Cadbury pulls ‘discriminatory' TV ad in Australia

Mondelēz has been ordered to pull a TV ad in Australia for Cadbury Picnic that featured a fast-speaking Indian man.

Australian researchers discover four new chilli pathogens

Scientists in Melbourne have identified four new pathogens previously not found in Australian chillies, raising the stakes for the country’s quarantine and disease resistance efforts.

Fonterra adopts new palm products sourcing standard

Following discussions with Greenpeace and supply partners, Fonterra has adopted a new standard for sourcing of palm products.

Silver Fern Farms members vote in favour of Shangai Maling deal

Members of New Zealand co-operative and the country’s largest meat processor Silver Fern Farms have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a partnership with Chinese food operator Shanghai Maling.

Most Australian rugby players have ‘nil to limited’ knowledge of beta-alanine benefits

A study has found the majority of Australian professional rugby and football players taking beta-alanine supplements have little knowledge of its benefits – with less than 20% of respondents taking...

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Coopers signs exclusive Australian Open beer supply deal

Australia’s biggest independent brewery has won the right to be the exclusive beer provider at the Australian Open for the next five years. 

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Why is Zomato more than twice as popular in Melbourne than Sydney?

A year after it bought and supplanted Urbanspoon, restaurant review website Zomato now reaches just over 1m Australians each month. Yet market research shows that the service is more than...

This week Down Under

Aussie scientists find small molecules to help grow SMARTER cereals

University of Adelaide researchers have been rethinking plant breeding strategies to improve the development of new high-yielding, stress-tolerant cereal varieties.

Kiwi bee decline could cost economy up to NZ$728m a year

New Zealand agriculture stands to lose between NZ$295m and NZ$728m (US$213m-525m) each year if the local honeybee population continues to decline, according to a study into the economic consequences of...

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MPI investigates potential unregulated meat sales

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating an alleged unregulated meat premises.

Fonterra generates fertilizer from wastewater

New wastewater treatment technology at Fonterra’s Edendale site in New Zealand is turning dairy waste into fertilizer that is being used on local pastures. 

Caffeine plus light therapy aids sleep deprived young drivers

Caffeine combined with artificial bright light improves the driving performance and alertness of chronically sleep deprived young drivers, according to a Queensland University of Technology study.

New Zealand study: Boysenberries help improve lung function

New research from New Zealand suggests that regular boysenberry consumption may improve lung function by reducing symptoms associated with inflammation of the airways, which can cause conditions such as asthma.

Officials swoop on New Zealand man flogging illegal meat

A sting operation to investigate a New Zealand man believed to be selling meat illegally was carried out today by the country’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

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