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Cargill disagrees with South Korean feed cartel ruling

Cargill may challenge the ruling of South Korea’s competition authority that claims the company was part of an animal feed price rigging cartel over a number of years. 

Far East digest

Taiwan updates its certification in wake of scandals

Taiwan updates its certification in wake of scandals

Far East digest

One in four Taiwanese elementary students either obese or overweight

One in four Taiwanese elementary students either obese or overweight

Benecol enters China

Finnish food-agriculture giant Raisio has launched its cholesterol-lowering, plant stanol-based Benecol brand in China in a powder form via mostly medical channels in its big coastal cities.

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Far East digest

Health ministry blamed for doing too little to prevent gutter oil scandal

Garlic compounds may boost cardio health indirectly via gut microbiota

Allicin from garlic may prevent the metabolism of unabsorbed L-carnitine or choline into TMAO, a compound linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, says a new study from the...

Leading emerging countries match poor nutrition patterns of the West

For consumers in newly wealthy countries like China and South Korea, nutrition is not improving at anywhere near the pace their nations’ economies are growing, a leading think tank believes. ...

South Korea

Quarter of urbanites are vitamin E deficient, α-tocopherol study finds

Nearly one-quarter of Seoul residents are vitamin E deficient, a study has revealed, providing more evidence to the argument that even apparently healthy or affluent populations cannot take adequate vitamin...

Menopause herb under EU novel food evaluation

An extract of three herbal roots marketed for menopause is to be evaluated as a novel food ingredient in the European Union.

South Korea

Regulator: Korea must learn how to slow online dodgy diet pill sales

South Korea’s consumer regulator is warning consumers not to buy weightless pills over the internet from foreign sources after it discovered alarming amounts of banned drugs following an investigation into...

Korea signs MOU with UAE for Halal, plans to double exports to $1.2bn

Korea has signed a memorandum of understanding with the UAE to develop its Halal food industry, with the aim of almost doubling its current US$680m Halal food exports to US$1.23bn...

Taiwan

Cypress ties up with Connell Brothers for Taiwan distribution

Connell Brothers, Asia-Pacific’s biggest ingredients distributor, has announced that it will exclusively represent Taiwanese nutrition company Cypress Systems in its home market.

VIDEOS EXPLORE KOREAN AND US ATTITUDES TO OTHER NATION'S SNACKS

‘Ah! The smell of artificiality...’ South Korean girls sample US snacks for the first time

Pop Tarts, Lay’s and Cheez-Its... How do young South Korean women tasting these US staple snacks for the first time rate them? The reactions in the recent videos below are...

Curcumin may improve cholesterol levels for people with MetS: Study

Daily supplements of curcumin, the yellow pigment from turmeric, may help slash LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with metabolic syndrome, says a new study from Taiwan.

South Korea

Benecol yoghurt drinks come to South Korea through Lotte partnership

Lotte Foods, Raisio’s Benecol partner in South Korea, has launched Benecol yoghurt drinks under the country’s health functional food category. 

Taiwan

Taiwanese gutter oil company ranked world's third most controversial

A Taiwanese food oil producer is one of the front-runners on an annual league table that features the world’s most controversial companies of the previous year.

Grape seed flour’s metabolic benefits linked to gut changes: Study

Supplements containing Chardonnay grape seed flour may beneficially alter the gut microbiota and their metabolic processes, says a new study with hamsters.

Fucoidan boost performance and slows tiring during exercise: Mouse data

Dietary supplementation with fucoidan from seaweed may delay fatigue during fatigue and boost overall endurance, says a new study from Taiwan.

Hot topic

Join the free FoodNavigator-Asia infant nutrition forum on Wednesday

On Wednesday, January 21 FoodNavigator-Asia will be holding its first free online forum under the banner "Red flags and white gold: Marketing infant formula in Asia-Pacific". Join us as a panel...

Vitamin D may enhance exercise benefits for type-2 diabetics: Study

Combining vitamin D supplements and circuit training may trim belly fat levels and improve blood lipid profiles in elderly women with low D levels and type-2 diabetes.

South Korea

Soy sauce major Sempio fined for monopolising distribution

South Korea’s biggest soy sauce company has been fined by the country’s monopoly commission for engaging in unfair business practices.

Review of the year

Asia-Pacific in 2014: A year of scandals, soul searching and success

The last 12 months have been turbulent for much of Asia-Pacific's food industry, with regulations, legislation, markets and partnerships continuing to develop in the latest step in the region's economic...

South Korea

Company out to buck trend with soy milk for Korea’s younger generation

A Korean company is attempting to breathe new life into a soy drink market that is now stagnating after years of fast-paced growth.

Vegetable peptones may delay skin aging from within: Study

Extracts from vegetables may boost skin health by promoting the production of type 1 collagen and proliferation of skin cells responsible for skin recovery, says a new study from Korea.

Taiwan

In pics: Two months of food scandals rocks Taiwan

Recent reports that international furniture retailer Ikea has been using expired milk in its ice cream is the latest scandal to rock Taiwan. We take a look at a tense...

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