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IBM and Walmart use blockchain technology to track China’s pork

US technology and retail giants IBM and Walmart, alongside Beijing’s Tsinghua University, will put Chinese pork on a blockchain in a move to bolster food safety and traceability. 

IBM and Walmart to boost traceability with blockchain

IBM, Walmart and Tsinghua University are to work together on a 16-week project to improve the way food is tracked, transported and sold to consumers across China.

China does best at reducing Asian hunger; India and Pakistan languish

China has the lowest level of malnourishment of all Asian developing countries, while only three nations are hungrier than India, according to the latest Global Hunger Index report, which put...

‘Exceptional growth’ in Australian wine exports to China

China becomes top wine export market for Australia

China has become the top market for Australian wine exports (by value), thanks to the middle class’ increased interest in wine and the benefits of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. ...

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China and Europe increasingly working together on food safety – EFSA

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) are to sign an agreement on food safety next month.

Brazil’s BRF to invest $20m in China’s Cofco Meat

Brazilian meatpacker BRF SA – one of the country’s largest food processors – has agreed to invest $20m in China’s pork company Cofco Meat Holdings and form a strategic partnership.

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Efsa prepares to announce China collaboration

The European Union’s food-safety watchdog is expected to formalise its relationship with its Chinese counterpart in November.

Hong Kong still prosecuting only very few food safety complaints

Fewer than 3% of complaints against Hong Kong food vendors have end in prosecution this year, at a time when reports of food-safety violations are increasing.

Academic puts China’s economic cost of ignoring food safety at $750m

A leading academic has put a cash value on the economic costs China will face this year through food-safety issues in agriculture.

Atria hails ‘huge opportunity’ with China

Finnish meat processor Atria has unlocked China’s pork market and hopes to export pig meat to one of the world’s most coveted, cash-rich markets by 2017.

Cofco institute partners with Australian food innovation centre

Monash University has struck an agreement with the Nutrition and Health Research Institute in Beijing that will pool technical resources, market intelligence, regulatory command and delivery platforms between Australia and...

Academic puts China’s economic cost of ignoring food safety at $750m

A leading academic has put a cash value on the economic costs China will face this year through food-safety issues in agriculture.

China issues disease warning to Australia

A stern warning over disease control has come from an inspection boss at one of the largest ports on China’s east coast, which is ramping up preparations for importing live...

Aker files patent suit against new Chinese krill oil competitor

Litigation in the krill sphere continues to proliferate, with a new suit from Aker BioMarine against Chinese firm Luhua BioMarine. 

Fast growth for Chinese functional drinks, but still a long way to go

Functional drinks sales in China have seen growth far in excess of the wider soft drinks industry over the last five years.


Market update: Fishmeal prices fall as season end nears

Chinese fishmeal prices have fallen by 9% in the last month due to a decline in domestic demand as the summer season for aquaculture approaches an end. 

China’s restaurant chains show good revenues in growing market

China’s organised food-service industry has been growing at a rate of over 11% over the last two years and was worth more than RMB3.2bn (US$480m) in 2015.

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Shanghai gets tough with lifetime bans for food-safety violators

Shanghai has announced it will hand out new penalties to food-safety violators, with some crimes even leading to life bands from the food industry.

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Company in expired meat sting ordered to pay RMB24m in fines

Shanghai’s food safety watchdog ordered the meat supplier that was at the centre of an expired meat scandal in 2014 to pay fines for producing and selling substandard products.

US picks WTO 'feed' fight with China

The US has challenged China through the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding government support of wheat, corn and rice. 

Chinese preliminary decision on anti-dumping duties a ‘disappointment’ - US trade groups

China is bringing anti-dumping duties of 33.8% against the US for sales of DDGS, claiming damage was done to the domestic market. 

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DSM raises prices for vitamin C produced in China

DSM said it is to increase prices for the vitamin C forms it produces in China by a minimum of 10% for non-contracted business.

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China penalizes US DDGS suppliers

China's Ministry of Commerce has decided to impose anti-dumping duties on distiller's dried grains (DDGs) from the US, according to Xinhua news agency.

Sports nutrition and healthy ageing will fuel China's industry growth

The rise of China’s functional food and dietary supplement industry is continuing to outstrip overall economic growth, and will continue to do so with sports nutrition and goods for the...

China’s stake in Silver Fern Farms approved

The New Zealand government has given the go-ahead for Chinese food operator Shanghai Maling to buy a 50% stake in meat processor Silver Fern Farms for $261 million.

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