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US and China agree on beef that can go east

US beef sales to China could soon be reinstated now the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finalised trade rules covering traceability and types of meat eligible for export.

Hong Kong mulls adulteration code changes after 30 years

For the first time in more than three decades, Hong Kong food authorities have opened up a proposed amendment to its food adulteration code to public consultation.

China takes big step toward improving pig welfare

Chinese agri-food producer Da Bei Nong will introduce group sow housing and lower stocking density in a scheme that could radically change animal welfare for half the world’s pig population....

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US union blasts ‘mistreatment’ of McDonald’s China franchisees

A powerful American union has launched a service to help McDonald’s franchisees in China protect themselves from the financial risks posed by the company’s proposed sale of its 20-year franchise...

China’s functional candy crush: Iron, collagen and taurine fortification could provide a sales boom

There is vast scope to increase functional confectionery innovation and sales in China by including iron, collagen and taurine in products, according to analysts.

Prenatal malnutrition and postnatal health: How diet can affect hypertension risk

Prenatal exposure to malnutrition can lead to diseases such as hypertension in adulthood, but the effects can be reduced or even reversed in postnatal life, according to a Chinese study.

Mintel: 13% of Asia-Pacific product launches carry halal claim

With food accounting for nearly two-thirds of business in the global halal economy, there has been a flurry of new product activity in Asia-Pacific.

Malaysian incubator signs deal to boost China’s halal exports

A Malaysian technology and energy incubator has agreed to collaborate with companies in Hong Kong and China to produce and market halal-certified foods internationally.

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VIDEO: Singapore to boost status as a food and nutrition powerhouse

Increasing high-tech jobs, boosting exports and helping home-grown brands soar are among the priorities for Singapore as it seeks to cement its status as South East Asia's premier food industry...

Alibaba Group, Aker BioMarine and China Chamber of Commerce to feature at USCHPA's Shanghai summit

China's cross-border e-commerce will be the subject of a keynote speech delivered by Ali-Health's (Alibaba Group) international director Daniel Yiu at this year's US-China Health Products Association (USCHPA) summit.

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Tianning deal completes as Kerry continues Asia push

The purchase by Kerry Group of Chinese ingredients firm Tianning Flavours and Fragrance has gone through for an undisclosed price.

Chinese demand prompts $20m Fonterra plant investment

Fonterra has announced an investment of almost NZ$20m (US$14.2m) at its Te Rapa site to meet growing demand for cream cheese and mini-dish butter.

Seeds from evergreens packed with enough amino acids to meet WHO standards

Seeds from two variants of Chinese evergreen trees have been found to contain enough amino acids to meet the daily nutritional requirements of infants and adults, according to a recent...

China’s reopening of live bird markets questioned

Local government authorities in China may not be fully aware of the potential threat posed by bird flu, after human infections of H7N9 were detected this month.

FAO praises China’s ‘Belt and Road’ project

China’s Belt and Road initiative can help achieve sustainable development goals provided it addresses the needs of millions of farmers and fishermen in the countries involved.

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Sino-Singapore food park signs two new deals

The Sino-Singapore Jilin Food Zone has signed two deals that will boost efforts to produce safe, high-quality products to be exported between the two countries. 

Europe accepts WTO chicken defeat with China

The EU will amend import rules for Chinese chicken after a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel sided against the European bloc in a trade quarrel that stretches back two...

Dispatches from Food Integrity in Parma

Food Integrity: China consumer view and impact in fish industry

Results from DNA barcoding of fish from across Europe and Chinese attitudes to food fraud were revealed during the Food Integrity conference last month.

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Detection Technology expands Beijing plant

X-ray imaging manufacturer Detection Technology has completed a 20% expansion of its Beijing factory to increase production capacity to meet demand forecasts.

‘Informed’ Chinese millennials shun Asian fruit in their juices

Only a quarter of Chinese millennials say they prefer fruit juice made with fruit grown in Asia, compared to 60% who favour American fruit, according to a survey commissioned by...

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Noodle major Nissin to enter Chinese potato chip market

Nissin is preparing to enter China’s “shining” potato chips market in a bid to open up a new revenue stream beyond its traditional instant noodles empire.

US beef imports cleared by China after 14 years

The US and China have reached a trade deal that includes beef and poultry.

China's infant formula trends: Sales boom predicted with organic and premium brands leading the charge

China’s infant milk formula market is poised to boom in the next five years as a result of the new “two-child” policy, and tighter rules issued by regulators, analysts said...

Asia-Pacific expected to bank 70% of global seafood sales

China now accounts for some 35% of global seafood production, while the wider Asia-Pacific region will account for more than two-thirds of the world’s demand by 2030, according to a...

Food delivery guidelines released by Shanghai FDA

Shanghai food authorities have issued a number of measures designed to strengthen supervision of food delivery platforms.

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