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Australia

Sydney overtaking Melbourne as Australia’s coffee king capital

Melbourne might be famous for being the starting point for Australia’s coffee revolution a decade ago, it is now being challenged by Sydney to become the country’s most caffeine-crazed city....

New Zealand

Profs shocked to find herbicides cause antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Research lead by a team from the University of Canterbury has found that commonly used herbicides can cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics.

Australia

Acid from wine tasting can soften teeth ‘within minutes’

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have discovered that the acid in wine can make teeth vulnerable to erosion within just minutes.

Australia

Childless young Aussies buy fewer veggies than any other group

Australians over 35 and without children are consistently buying fewer vegetables than any other age bracket, according to the latest Nielsen consumer research data into vegetable purchasing.

News in brief

Fsanz mulls delaying new fibre claims implementation by a year

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has called for submissions on an application that has sought to delay the start date of new nutrition claims requirements concerning dietary fibre.

Briefing

GM contamination case hinges on duty of care as judges hear appeal

"The heart of this clash between two neighbours is a question of how two systems of agriculture can co-exist," a court Western Australia’s supreme appeals court heard as an organic...

News in brief

Grant to study disease burden of Salmonella in sub-Saharan Africa

The University of Otago has received around NZD$320,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to determine the disease burden of typhoidal and non-typhoidal Salmonella.

Australia

Dietitians laud decision not to release celebrity chef’s paleo primer

Australia’s leading nutrition body, the Dietitians Association of Australia, has praised publisher Pan Macmillan Australia for its decision not to publish a controversial book on the paleo diet that it...

New Zealand

Fonterra moving Asia focus to organic dairy

Good news continues to churn out of New Zealand dairy major Fonterra. This time, the world’s biggest dairy co-operative revealed it plans to expand its organic products as a sustainable...

Infant formula tested over tampering fears 'negative for 1080': NZ Police

Samples of infant formula feared to have been tampered with have tested negative for pest control poison, sodium monofluoroacetate (1080), says New Zealand Police.

Australia

Bananas taking a battering from cyclones and killer soil disease

As Queenslanders prepare for the return of the category 4 Cyclone Nathan, agriculture authorities are planning their response to another disaster after the arrival of a disease that affects banana...

News in brief

Diageo takes bottle storage to its Sydney plant

Having invested A$21.5m (US$16.4m) in a warehouse at its bottling facility in Sydney’s western suburbs, Diageo Australia now has capacity to store 22m bottles of Bundaberg Rum, one of its...

Australia

Turning eggs blue will transform snapper fisheries

A molecular marker that turns snapper eggs a fluorescent blue could revolutionise fisheries management for several commercial species.

Police probing 1080 threat test NZ infant formula after tampering reports

Police investigating a threat to contaminate New Zealand infant formula with sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) are testing tins after a number of consumers complained of pinpricks in packaging lids.

Fonterra acquires 18.8% stake in Chinese infant formula partner Beingmate

Fonterra has acquired an 18.8% stake in its Chinese infant formula partner Beingmate for around US$550m.

Lights, camera, action! a2 Milk outlines its US game plan at Expo West

Digestive issues after drinking milk are often attributed to milk protein allergy (which can be severe) or intolerance to lactose (milk sugars). But what if both of these have been...

China 'unaware' of NZ infant formula shipment stopped at border over 1080 threat: MPI

China is “unaware” of any consignment of New Zealand infant formula being held at its border in response to the 1080 contamination threat, says the New Zealand Ministry for Primary...

Australia

Brand names rule in battle for packaged dairy desserts

Almost 3.2m Australians eat a packaged dairy dessert such as a custard, mousse, chocolate pudding, creamy rice or fruity whip each month. 

China increases scrutiny of New Zealand infant formula imports over 1080 threat

China has implemented stricter import measures on infant formula from New Zealand in the wake of a threat to contaminate products with sodium monofluoroacetate (1080).

NZ dairies threatened with infant formula 1080 poison contamination

Police in New Zealand are investigating a threat to contaminate infant formula with sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) in an "apparent protest" over its use as a pest control poison.

New Zealand

No risk, say dairy firms after Kiwi poisoning threat is revealed

New Zealand’s dairy industry is reassuring consumers that today’s news of threats to poison infant formula last year does not mean there has been any cause for concern and their...

Australia

State awards grant for Australian seaweed harvesting facility

The South Australian government has awarded a A$360,000 grant to the Gather Great Ocean Group to help establish a South Australian seaweed harvesting site at Beachport and a processing plant...

Food safety

Fish and chips: Scientists devise 'credit card' to test for histamine

Flinders University researchers have invented a revolutionary hi-tech method to test for food poisoning in fish.

The labelling debate

The man who invented a new nutrition labelling system

Australian food labelling laws are currently under close political scrutiny following an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to imported frozen berries.

Australia

Men from Mars, women from Venus in liquor store tastes

As Australia’s alcohol market shrinks, researchers have told retailers they should understand better that men and women don’t always look for the same qualities in a liquor store, with different...