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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.

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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...

Taiwan

Taiwan opens food safety office in wake of latest ‘gutter oil’ scandal

Hit by a succession of high-profile recent scandals involving industrial oil used in food processing, Taiwan’s government has launched a food safety office as a means to quell public outrage...

Taiwan

Minister quits as Taiwan gutter oil investigation reaches conclusion

Taiwan's health chief, Chiu Wen-ta, has resigned in the wake of the gutter oil scandal that has embroiled the country over the last month.

Curcumin shows heart health benefits by ‘multiple mechanisms’

Daily supplements of curcumin, the yellow pigment that gives turmeric its color, may improve heart health in lab rabbits fed a diet high in cholesterol, says a new study.

Taiwan

Supplier fined heavily in midst of Taiwan’s 780t recycled oil scandal

A Taiwanese food company has been handed a severe fine for selling lard made from cooking oil that had been recycled from kitchen waste and grease from leather processing plants.

Meiji seeks Taiwan reputation boost with infant formula production shift

Meiji infant formula sold in Taiwan will in future be exported from Japan as the company looks to capitalize on the "high quality" reputation held by Japanese goods.

South Korea removes ban on controversial beef feed additive zilpaterol

South Korea, a major importer of beef from the US, Australia and New Zealand, has lifted a ban on the use of animal feed additive, zilpaterol, in beef.

Chr. Hansen wins landmark probiotics health claim in South Korea

Bioscience company Chr. Hansen’s Urex product has become the first probiotic to win an approved health claim in South Korea.

Seoul National University signs food safety MOU

Seoul National University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a US food science centre around food safety.

News in brief

South Korea allows mealworms as a food ingredient

South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety have given a green light to the use of mealworms as a food ingredient.

South Korea

Korean women catching up with the world’s biggest boozers — Korean men

South Korean women are developing a taste for a tipple at a remarkable rate, with the number who regularly consume alcohol having grown by more than 33% in just over...

News in brief

Korean health supplements body joins Iadsa

The Korea Health Supplements Association (KHSA) is the latest body to join Iadsa, the International Alliance of Dietary/ Food Supplement Associations.   

Asia-Pacific

New trends report highlights differences in food habits across Apac

The way consumers in the Asia Pacific region choose, purchase, prepare and share food experiences is being reshaped this year, according to market research published by public relations agency Weber...

News in brief

Connell Brothers to distribute Graminex products in Taiwan

Asia-Pacific’s largest specialty chemicals and ingredients distributor, Connell Brothers, will now manage the sale and distribution of Graminex products in Taiwan, including finished goods and ingredients, such as saw palmetto...

News in brief

Nestle enters Nescafe JV with South Korea's Lotte Foods

Nestle has announced a JV with South Korea's Lotte Foods to make and distribute Nescafe coffees, powdered chocolate and other beverages in Korea.

Extracts from pumpkin seed and soy germ show bladder support potential

A combination of extracts from pumpkin seed (Cucurbita pepo L.) and soy germ may reduce the sense of urgency in women with overactive bladders, and boost their quality of life,...

In pics: FAO recognises traditional farming in China, Korea and Iran

Six traditional farming systems in China, Iran and South Korea known for their unique characteristics and approaches to sustainability have been designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) by the...

News in brief

Biothera’s Wellmune WGP given green light by Korean regulators

The manufacturer of Wellmune WGP, a natural immune booster for foods, beverages and supplements, will begin distribution in South Korea through following approval by the country’s regulators for the functional...

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