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Chinese noodles given all-clear following mass safety inspections

Having launched an inspection of a number of the instant noodle products for sale on the Chinese market, the country’s food safety watchdog has indicated that none contained heavy metals...

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HK bans poultry imports from German state on back of bird flu outbreak

Hong Kong has banned the import of poultry and related products from the German state of Thuringen with immediate effect, according to officials.

HK’s booming wine industry launches QA scheme

The Hong Kong government’s decision to scrap wine duty in 2008 has contributed to a 187% increase in the value of wine imports into Hong Kong since then. 

New USDA rule will not let Chinese poultry into America

The US Department of Agriculture will not allow the import of Chinese poultry into the country, having determined the country’s slaughter system not equivalent of its system and standards.

Big trouble in little China as Mondelez misses expectations

Mondelez International has fallen short of sales expectations in the third quarter (Q3) as the slowing Chinese economy dented consumption, particularly in its biscuit category.

New Zealand and China set up joint food safety panel

China and New Zealand have agreed to strengthen cooperation in food safety and quality, three months after the Fonterra botulism scare negatively disrupted booming food links between the two countries.

In pictures: China's new draft food safety regulations

China put its first Food Safety Law into effect on June 1, 2009. However, four years later, food safety issues still abound.

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Chinese UHT milk demand 'creating opportunities' for US dairy

Booming Chinese consumer demand for imported UHT milk represents a significant opportunity for the US dairy industry, the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) has claimed.

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OSI opens China’s biggest poultry processor

OSI Group is on the way to becoming Asia’s biggest value-added meat processor after the American food major opened two more plants in China. 

Fonterra must show ‘willingness to learn’ from WPC botulism scare: Inquiry

Fonterra faces "serious global implications" unless it learns from the mistakes that led to the recent whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare, the committee overseeing an independent investigation into the...


‘Major milestone’ as Coke inaugurates largest China bottling site

The Coca-Cola Company is set to open a $106m site in China’s Hebei province and says its bottling activities across five provinces although it to meet ‘increasingly diversified’ consumer needs....

SEC investigating Chinese infant formula promotion ‘expenditures’: Mead Johnson

Mead Johnson Nutrition has revealed that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is probing “certain expenditures” relating to the promotion of infant formula products by its business in China....

China concludes 'successful' tests on transgenic rice

Transgenic rice tests conducted by China’s Agricultural University have brought no abnormalities after 90 days of test according to researchers involved in the programme.

Quality key to upping Chinese chocolate consumption, says analyst

Premium international brands for China’s increasingly affluent population could be instrumental in raising low domestic chocolate consumption, according to market researchers Canadean.


China’s new charm offensive highlights positive side of GM crops

China’s food safety authorities have really been ramping up their charm offensive in the last month. Not only have bodies like the China Food and Drug Administration been seen a...

Fearing Western bans, TCM industry now seeking to align standards

In the wake of some Western countries like Britain capping sales of traditional medicine imports from China, the country is now ramping up efforts to standardise production in the segment.

False food labels on 82 ‘impure oils’ in China

Investigators have found 82 “impure” oils and sealed and removed 66 products from a factory in Changhua, China.

China’s hunger for meat and dairy fuelling Australian exports

Demand from China has helped the Australian state of Victoria lift its agricultural exports by 5% in 2012-13 to a record A$9.4bn, a new report from the state’s government has...

Chinese tastes moving to cereals in spite of last year’s predictions

China’s bakery and cereal sector is expected to grow by almost US$15bn up to 2017 as this predominantly Western export continues to take hold in Chinese homes. 

Dairy imports will continue to grow as China sorts out domestic supply

China’s demand for dairy imports look set to grow for at least the next two years, while its local milk production struggles under structural change in the supply chain. ...

'China’s changing goalposts will cause multinational supplement drain'

The Chinese Food and Drug Administration is steering the dietary supplement industry towards a more restrictive environment by putting an end to importing such products as food.

Hershey adapts China brand Lancaster to US tastes

Hershey has launched Lancaster Soft Caramel Cremes in the US, six months after the company initially introduced the product in China. 

Crown China expansion sees rise in aluminium cans

Crown Holdings has opened three beverage can factories in Heshan (Guangdong province), Ziyang (Sichuan province) and Putian (Fujian province), bringing the total number of plants in China to seven.


China’s red-faced diplomacy meets with Kiwi gritted teeth

New Zealand’s prime minister, John Key, must be laughing on the inside following the friendly advice given to him earlier this week by the Chinese premier and broadcast by state...

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AAK opens Shanghai innovation centre

AAK has added China to its list of innovation centres around the world, after opening a new facility in Shanghai.

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