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Vitamins and supplements lobby ‘disgusted’ by supposed ABC exposé

The complementary medicines industry has hit out at the decision by Australia’s state broadcaster to air what it calls a “sensationalised story” about the safety of some American supplements.

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Kiwi whole milk powder prices buoyed by reduced Chinese stocks

New Zealand whole milk powder prices increased by 7% in May over the corresponding period last year, driven by decreased supply and increased export demand from China. 

Queensland researcher aims to gauge beetroot’s super-food credentials

An Australian study is underway to discover whether beetroot juice could be a new super-food that improves vascular health in older people.

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Solar project gives ray of hope to struggling Australian grape growers

A renewable energy project in Australia’s largest grape growing region is giving struggling vignerons a sunny alternative.

Australia

Lab-developed PERKii probiotic readies for sale after VC backing

A lactose-free probiotic fruit drink developed by scientists in Australia has managed to secure sufficient investment for it to be launched across the country's beverage market.

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Sydney fire: meat factory burns to the ground

A fire at a meat processing plant in Banksmeadow, Sydney, has been extinguished after burning for two days straight, causing thousands of dollars in damages.

News in brief

Food safety focus for New Zealand research centre

The New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre has been officially launched.

Che bello! Australian Tuscans getting as good as the originals

A wine region over 15,000 kilometres from Tuscany is emerging as a primo producer of Italian varieties and styles, and has even matching the Italians at their own game.

Bean sprout warning reinstated after Salmonella findings

South Australian health authorities have re-issued a warning on mung bean sprouts almost a month after saying they were safe to eat.

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Have cake, eat cake: Ingredients for Australia’s nutraceutical boom

Have you ever tried to bake a cake? As therapeutic and fulfilling as some people find baking, I never seem to be able to get it perfectly right and results...

Australian dairy industry gets nitrogen cash boost

Australian dairy is one of four agricultural industries that will benefit from a government-funded Rural Research and Development for Profit project to improve the efficient use of nitrogen.

Genomics pioneer set to beef up Australian cattle industry

Genomic selection could provide massive productivity gains to the Australian beef industry now that a Queensland University genomics expert is focusing his research on improving the A$5bn (US$3.7bn) a year...

Australia

JV partner forces SunRice to put ASX listing plans on ice

Australian rice exporter SunRice has been forced to hold off on a planned ASX floatation until one of its joint-venture partners has carried out a review.

This week Down Under

Healthy eating a worthy ideal, but still too expensive for Australians

While Australians largely view eating more fruit and vegetables a priority while they cut down on sugar and fat, many are put off by the cost and time involved in...

Nearly $10,000 worth of meat stolen last month in Auckland

Almost NZ$10,000 worth of meat was stolen from grocery stores and food retailers in the city of Auckland, New Zealand, for the month of April. 

Australia

Scientists seek link between poor diet and greenhouse gases

Australia’s greenhouse gas contribution could be cut by a quarter if people were to eat whole foods at the levels recommended by national dietary guidelines.

Fonterra seeing rise in demand for organic milk

Fonterra says increased demand in the marketplace for organic milk means prices are higher for farmers supplying it to the New Zealand cooperative.

China’s Fuyuan taking over Burra Foods

Australian dairy ingredient processor Burra Foods has announced a change in shareholding in the company as part of its plans to improve market access and raise capital to expand its...

Lallemand joins forces with Nutritech in New Zealand

Vitec Nutrition, Lallemand Animal Nutrition’s New Zealand entity, is to merge with local player, Nutritech International, to become the dominant supplier of animal nutrition technologies in that market.

Bird's-eye vine view could show stresses in wider Aussie agriculture

A project in South Australia’s Coonawarra region has brought remote sensors and aerial imagery to maximise irrigation efficiencies in one of Australia’s most famous wine growing areas.

Aussie winery finds success from ‘cellar door’ sales approach in China

Establishing cellar doors in China to provide a winery experience directly to consumers is proving a successful formula for a South Australian wine company.

Judges rule on what constitutes a ‘New Zealand made’ supplement

Just making a product in New Zealand is not enough to earn it a "New Zealand made" label, the country’s Commerce Commission has warned.

Australian authorities trace Salmonella to SA factory

The source of Salmonella which has sickened more than 300 people in Australia has been traced to a factory in South Australia.

Australia & NZ

Regulator mulls ‘all other foods’ maximum residue limit for chemicals

The antipodean food regulator has called for submissions on a proposal to create an “all other foods” maximum residue limit for some agricultural chemicals.

Australians still exceed sugar guidance, though trends are improving

More than half of Australians regularly exceed official recommendations on the consumption of sugar, according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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