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Iron fortification: Chitosan encapsulation strengthens stability and boosts bioavailability

Coating iron with chitosan nanostructured lipid carriers is a superior protection method when fortifying milk, with researchers also predicting its suitability for fruit juices, yogurts and traditional drinks.

Far East spotlight

Eight in 10 Korean food firms raise prices—as manufacturing costs drop

Eighty per cent of food and beverage companies have increased their consumer prices in the last six months, even though production costs for manufacturers have dropped over the same period.

Australia’s golden grapes rebranded for traditional Koreans

Australian grapes are back in demand across Korea, after a joint rebranding and promotional campaign helped take the stigma out of the Thompson seedless grape’s unusual colour.

Can we learn to love cheese? It depends on the variety

Gorgonzola and Parmigiano-Reggiano won’t taste better no matter how many times you try them, according to a Korean study.

Taiwan e-commerce platform turns to blockchain for traceability

An e-commerce platform that connects food vendors with farmers in Taiwan has launched OwlChain, which it claims is the world's first blockchain food provenance system of its kind. 

Low levels of carotenoids linked to Parkinson’s disease risk and progression: RCT

Low levels of alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lycopene contributed to increased risk and progression of Parkinson’s disease, a new study reports.

Court decision looming in Cargill dispute with South Korean trade watchdog

A ruling in the appeal process initiated by Cargill against claims it participated in a feed cartel in South Korea is due this autumn.

Vegetable consumption key to preventing metabolic syndrome in women

Increased vegetable consumption could help prevent metabolic syndrome, especially in postmenopausal women, a new analysis of South Korean data has found.

Potential feed link in dioxin contamination scandal in Taiwan

The spotlight is on animal feed in a probe by Taiwanese authorities investigating an incident where eggs were found to have been tainted by dioxin.

Iron deficiency in Korea: Clinicians underestimate health consequences, study states

A large number of Korean infants and young children still develop iron deficiency anaemia despite increased breastfeeding rates, improvements in public health and a rise in iron-fortified food, a recent study...

News in brief

Calbee, Koike-ya halt snack production amid Japan's potato shortage

Inclement weather has led to Japan’s smallest harvest of potatoes since 1983, prompting the country’s snack giants to stop production of several potato snacks.

Korea to seek permission to begin halal exports to UAE

The UAE will soon begin negotiations with South Korea over allowing produce with local halal certification to be recognised in the emirates.

Mintel market trends: Apac getting lairy for dairy

As Asian taste trends continue evolving across Asia-Pacific, manufacturers are being forced to cater for more discerning, better travelled consumers with greater culinary exposure to foreign cultures. 

FOODEX JAPAN 2017

Taiwan tempted to look at new trade deals to boost Japan exports

The leader of Taiwan’s delegation to FoodEx Japan says there is still scope for more exports to the country’s second largest trading partner, while the agriculture minister has left the...

Lotte to face 'severe consequences' if it allows US missile system, warns China

China’s state media outlet Xinhua has urged Lotte to reject a US missile system on a golf course owned by the Korean conglomerate or face "severe consequences"....

Severe obesity rockets in Korea: Younger people at greater risk

Cases of severe and extreme obesity have doubled in Korea over the past 12 years, with people in their 20s and 30s most likely to be piling on the pounds.

Special Edition: Asian Pacific Feed Developments

South Korean government rice decision will impact feed wheat imports: USDA

Despite an upturn in rice feeding in South Korea, US feed corn imports are expected to stay steady for that Asian country, says the USDA.

South Korea culls 195 cows and halts livestock transportation to stop spread of foot-and-mouth disease

The government of South Korea has confirmed a case of foot-and-mouth disease at a dairy farm in Boeun county, approximately 106 miles southeast of Seoul.

Review: Why Asian mushrooms merit animal and human studies to assess Alzheimer's benefits

The traditional use of some mushroom species in Asia to boost cognitive function, along with papers purportedly showing their brain health benefits, mean they are worthy of scientific investigation to...

Five-flavoured omija berry boasts obesity-fighting potential

Omija fruit ethanol extract may be helpful to fight obesity and related metabolic disorders such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, dyslipidaemia, and insulin resistance, according to the results of a...

'Highly frequent' energy drink consumption associated with mental health problems for teens

A new study indicates that Korean teenagers who regularly consume energy drinks are at “great risk” of mental health problems, particularly when consumed in combination with junk food, researchers claim.

News in brief

Taiwan issues new labelling regulations for fish, chocolate and herb

Taiwan has introduced new regulations to govern the labelling of several foods in a bid to improve food safety and protect consumers' rights, the Food and Drug Administration said.

Gochujang is the next big thing in hot sauce, says Chung Jung One: ‘A lot of foodies embraced sriracha, but now they are saying, what’s next?’

While Sriracha is now a must-have item in any self-respecting foodie’s pantry, Gochujang sauce is rapidly joining it as the hippest new addition to Americans’ hot sauce collections, says Daesang...

Korean menopause botanical blend wins EFSA backing

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said a herbal root mix is safe for use in menopause food supplements.

Philippines

More countries look for ways to secure lucrative halal certification

The Philippines is making its bid to join the world’s US$2.6tr halal export market by aligning its halal accreditation systems and institutions.

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