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Fonterra pulls 'misleading' Australian Tamar Valley yoghurt TV ad

Fonterra has pulled an Australian TV ad for Tamar Valley yoghurt deemed "misleading" in the wake of a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to berries.

Southern hemisphere

Cola is king in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia

Soft drinks may not be to the taste of the world’s government authorities, but they remain extremely popular among ordinary citizens in the lower Asia-Pacific. 

Aussie dairy Murray Goulburn proposes AU$500m initial public offering

Australian dairy cooperative Murray Goulburn has revealed plans for an initial public offering (IPO) of a unit trust it hopes will raise AU$500m.

First shipment of Australian SADA Fresh milk arrives in China

SADA Fresh, the milk brand created by the South Australian Dairy Farmers Association (SADA), is set to debut in China.

Kiwifruit-derived supplements may boost bowel health for healthy people: RCT data

Daily consumption of supplements containing kiwifruit-derived nutritional ingredients may increase bowel movements in healthy individuals, says a new study from New Zealand.

Patties testing claims berries were not the source of hep A infections

The Australian food manufacturer whose frozen berries were reportedly at the centre of a hepatitis A outbreak in March has claimed its products were negative for the virus after it...

New Zealand

Food industry technology may help critically ill patients

Technology used in the food industry to measure the antioxidant properties of edible plants, tea and wine could be adapted to monitor the oxidative stress of critically ill patients in...

Nutrition

Majority of packaged foods found to be unhealthy Down Under

Less than half of all packaged foods available in New Zealand and Australia in 2012 met nutritional criteria to carry health claims, according to recently published research from the University...

Australia

Back to the future: When hi-tech turns to old-fashioned viticulture

A South Australian vision of a vineyard of the future is already producing results in viticulture today.

Coles fined A$2.5m for ‘fresh’ bread claims

Australian supermarket major Coles must pay A$2.5m in penalties over false and misleading ‘fresh’ claims on its par-baked products, a federal court has ruled.

Australia

‘Made in Oz’ grows following, though ‘Made in China’ has its fans

As politicians, pressure groups and consumers mount calls for improved country-of-origin food labelling, the latest market research reveals the trend towards “Made in Australia” food has grown over the last...

Australia

Government’s energy white paper meets with food industry approval

The Australian Food and Grocery Council has welcomed the release of the government’s energy white paper, which emphasises the length to which Australia still must go in improving the competitiveness...

Australia

Regulate our industry fairly, demands complementary medicines industry

The representative body for the complementary medicines industry has responded to the government’s medicines review by calling for regulation that reflects risk, protects consumers, safeguards quality and promotes industry best...

New Zealand

Commerce Commission authorises infant formula code restrictions

New Zealand’s antitrust watchdog has authorised members of the Infant Nutrition Council to continue to follow a code of practice that restricts the advertising and marketing of infant formula for...

Australia

Food security gulf opening up in indigenous Australia

New data has revealed an alarming rate of food shortages among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Fonterra 'scanning the market' for new European whey sources

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra is "scanning the market" for new whey sourcing partnerships in Europe.

NZ Commerce Commission grants INC power to restrict infant formula marketing

The New Zealand Commerce Commission has granted infant formula industry association, the Infant Nutrition Council (INC), the power to restrict the marketing practices of its members.

Australia

Wealth and health: Better-off parents prefer clean-label food

Household wealth plays a big part in determining the healthiness of the food kids are eating, the latest health attitude and food consumption data from Roy Morgan Research shows. 

Australia

Study: High-cholesterol diet increases spread of prostate cancer

University of Queensland research has shown that a high-cholesterol diet increases the spread of prostate cancer tumours to lymph nodes, lungs and bones.

Special Edition: Global Feed Regulation

‘Reforms release a pressure valve of red tape’ - Australian feed sector awaits additive gold rush

Australian feed manufacturers are expecting a glut of feed additives to enter the market following on from a decision to remove any registration requirements for such products in an effort...

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.