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Vitamin D cuts asthma exacerbation by 74% in children: Review

Vitamin D supplementation may cut the risk of asthma exacerbation in children but it does not impact respiratory infections in healthy children, a review has found.

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FSSAI to revamp guidelines to include thousands more products

The public will have the best part of a month to offer input into new guidelines for proprietary foods, health supplements and additives as India’s food regulator sets out to...

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Indian nutraceuticals market to touch $6bn by 2020

Indian nutraceuticals market to touch $6bn by 2020

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Cosmo Films completes production line installation in India

Cosmo Films’ Export Oriented Unit (EOU) has entered into its second expansion phase.

Mondelēz escapes Indian competition watchdog wrath in distributor spat

Mondelēz did not breach competition rules following a complaint from a distributor it was placing unfair terms on rural stockists, rule Indian authorities.

Analysis

As Maggi affair nears conclusion, it's time to ask some questions

Over the last few days it feels like we’ve written about little more than the Maggi noodles affair in India. Thankfully it is reaching a conclusion. But still it raises...

Maggi given all clear by high court pending further tests

The Bombay high court has ruled that the chief executive of India’s food regulator, the FSSAI, had “acted in an emergent, drastic and arbitrary” fashion in ordering Nestlé to withdraw...

Key events in the Maggi affair

On June 5, India’s food regulator, the FSSAI, ordered nine lines of Maggi, the Nestlé noodle brand that dominates the market, to be removed from shelves in India.

Editorial

Maggi action: The latest monsoon in a chai cup

Reactionary and radical moves by politicians and administrators who like to ride roughshod over common sense are unexceptional occurrences in India. 

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Regulatory confusion will pave the way for the ‘inspector raj’

Regulations confusion will serve to allow the ‘inspector raj’ into the food industry

Mixed Maggi news for Nestlé as FDA gives all clear

Nestlé India’s Maggi noodles have been cleared by one Indian lab but failed tests in another as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given them the green light....

India

Minister satisfied despite Rs1tn cold-chain waste bill each year

India’s food processing minister has said her department was doing a “good job” as she reacted to a report that claimed that almost Rs1tn (US$15.7bn) worth of farm commodities is...

Emerging origin

Bean-to-bar chocolate makers circle India for single origin opportunity

At least five premium chocolate makers are looking to build up India’s cocoa sector to produce single origin Indian chocolate.

India cannot ensure sesame seeds imported to EU are safe – FVO

Indian controls cannot ensure sesame seeds exported to the EU are safe, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).

Nestlé India sales drop 20% after Maggi recall

Nestlé India’s net sales plummeted 20.1% in the second quarter largely due to the Maggi noodles scare.

Skipping breakfast may put diabetics at risk of dangerous blood sugar spikes, warn researchers

Diabetics who skip breakfast may be provoking hazardous blood sugar spikes by fasting until lunch, according to new research.

Blendhub Corp. to open 40 factories in the next 3 years as processed food sales reach $8tn in 2016

Blendhub Corp. has set up its third Portable Powder Blending plant (PPB) in Mexico, after Spain and India, as it plans to open 40 factories in the next three years...

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20% of Indian food tests revealed adulterated or misbranded products

20% of Indian food tests revealed adulterated or misbranded products

Emerging markets

‘India’s first aerated chocolate’: Mondelēz brings bubbly platform to fastest growing emerging market

Mondelēz International has launched what it claims is India’s first aerated chocolate by bringing Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk Bubbly to the world’s fastest growing chocolate market.

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Cargill helps launch Indian food safety imitative

Cargill has launched a food safety awareness initiative in India sharing it is a shared responsibility of farmers, the food industry, regulators and consumers.

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Indian regulator is preparing new alcohol and labelling regulations

Indian regulator is preparing new alcohol and labelling regulations

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Fivefold spike in sugary drinks sales worrying diabetes campaigners

Fivefold spike in sugary drinks sales worrying diabetes campaigners

India moves to establish melamine limits for infant formula

India has moved to establish a maximum limit for melamine in liquid and powdered infant formula. 

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Supreme Court judges compel authorities to get tougher on adulteration

Supreme Court judges compel authorities to get tougher on adulteration

Nestlé India gets go ahead to export Maggi noodles

Nestlé India has been allowed to export Maggi noodles by the Bombay High Court but the product will remain off shelves in India.

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