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Food safety

High profile food scares have turned the spotlight on food safety in Asia. While new regulations are coming into force, consumers and exporters seek assurances of product safety as contamination can have dire consequences all around the world.

Patties testing claims berries were not the source of hep A infections

The Australian food manufacturer whose frozen berries were reportedly at the centre of a hepatitis A outbreak in March has claimed its products were negative for the virus after it...

Special Edition: Environmental footprint reduction initiatives

Experts look to tackle methane emissions in dairy herds in Asia and Africa

Dietary approaches from ration balancing to plant extract supplementation could boost milk yields in developing countries while supporting a reduction in methane emissions, said a leading Indian researcher.

New Zealand

Food industry technology may help critically ill patients

Technology used in the food industry to measure the antioxidant properties of edible plants, tea and wine could be adapted to monitor the oxidative stress of critically ill patients in...

Nutrition

Majority of packaged foods found to be unhealthy Down Under

Less than half of all packaged foods available in New Zealand and Australia in 2012 met nutritional criteria to carry health claims, according to recently published research from the University...

Surging interest in edible insects prompts safety review

A pan-European list outlining the pros and cons of different insect species, their nutritional content and environmental impact is needed says ANSES.

Rice Bran Technologies' protein will compete with clean source, 'made in USA' message, CEO says

Rice Bran Technologies (RIBT) is close to market with a new rice protein offering that will benefit from a ‘made in USA’ clean sourcing message.  The protein’s debut awaited modifications...

Australia

Regulate our industry fairly, demands complementary medicines industry

The representative body for the complementary medicines industry has responded to the government’s medicines review by calling for regulation that reflects risk, protects consumers, safeguards quality and promotes industry best...

India

Herbalife joins GHSI and DSM in bid to improve Indian child nutrition

Herbalife will partner with the Global Health Strategies Institute (GHSI) for one year on a mission to improve the nutrition of thousands of children in India alongside ingredients and nutrition...

Eating eggs linked to lower diabetes risk, says study

Eating four eggs a week could lower the risk of type 2 diabetes in men, a study has claimed.

New Zealand

Commerce Commission authorises infant formula code restrictions

New Zealand’s antitrust watchdog has authorised members of the Infant Nutrition Council to continue to follow a code of practice that restricts the advertising and marketing of infant formula for...

China

Regulator: Food complaints double to half a million last year

China’s food authorities received over half a million complaints in 2014—double the number that was lodged the previous year.

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Toshiba claims pathogen detection in less than 2 hours

Toshiba and Kawasaki City have developed DNA chip technology that they claim can simultaneously test 14 foodborne pathogens in less than 90 minutes.

Australia

Wealth and health: Better-off parents prefer clean-label food

Household wealth plays a big part in determining the healthiness of the food kids are eating, the latest health attitude and food consumption data from Roy Morgan Research shows. 

Australia

Study: High-cholesterol diet increases spread of prostate cancer

University of Queensland research has shown that a high-cholesterol diet increases the spread of prostate cancer tumours to lymph nodes, lungs and bones.

New Zealand

Profs shocked to find herbicides cause antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Research lead by a team from the University of Canterbury has found that commonly used herbicides can cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics.

Australia

Acid from wine tasting can soften teeth ‘within minutes’

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have discovered that the acid in wine can make teeth vulnerable to erosion within just minutes.

News in brief

Fsanz mulls delaying new fibre claims implementation by a year

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has called for submissions on an application that has sought to delay the start date of new nutrition claims requirements concerning dietary fibre.

Briefing

GM contamination case hinges on duty of care as judges hear appeal

"The heart of this clash between two neighbours is a question of how two systems of agriculture can co-exist," a court Western Australia’s supreme appeals court heard as an organic...

Vitamin D may prevent inflammation behind type 2 diabetes and clogged arteries

Vitamin D may play an important role in preventing the inflammation that leads to the development of type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis, according to research in mice.

News in brief

Grant to study disease burden of Salmonella in sub-Saharan Africa

The University of Otago has received around NZD$320,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to determine the disease burden of typhoidal and non-typhoidal Salmonella.

Australia

Dietitians laud decision not to release celebrity chef’s paleo primer

Australia’s leading nutrition body, the Dietitians Association of Australia, has praised publisher Pan Macmillan Australia for its decision not to publish a controversial book on the paleo diet that it...

Infant formula tested over tampering fears 'negative for 1080': NZ Police

Samples of infant formula feared to have been tampered with have tested negative for pest control poison, sodium monofluoroacetate (1080), says New Zealand Police.

Australia

Bananas taking a battering from cyclones and killer soil disease

As Queenslanders prepare for the return of the category 4 Cyclone Nathan, agriculture authorities are planning their response to another disaster after the arrival of a disease that affects banana...

Police probing 1080 threat test NZ infant formula after tampering reports

Police investigating a threat to contaminate New Zealand infant formula with sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) are testing tins after a number of consumers complained of pinpricks in packaging lids.

News in brief

Premium Ingredients Food Services India renews certifications

Premium Services Food Ingredients India has renewed certifications of quality, environment and food safety, after an audit by DNV GL.