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Food safety

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.

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.

Malaysia

Nestlé shows consumers how to tell fake Milo after counterfeit bust

Milo’s supposedly biggest market, Malaysia, was dealt a scare over the weekend after thousands of packs of the exceptionally popular chocolate milk powder were seized by inspectors in Negeri Sembilan....

India

India plans to target ‘very serious issue’ of food adulteration

India has acknowledged the scale of its food adulteration epidemic and has pledged to take steps to stamp it out.

Briefing

China’s make-or-break year for food safety reform

We are now in the third month of what could be a landmark year for food safety in China. 

China increases scrutiny of New Zealand infant formula imports over 1080 threat

China has implemented stricter import measures on infant formula from New Zealand in the wake of a threat to contaminate products with sodium monofluoroacetate (1080).

New Zealand

No risk, say dairy firms after Kiwi poisoning threat is revealed

New Zealand’s dairy industry is reassuring consumers that today’s news of threats to poison infant formula last year does not mean there has been any cause for concern and their...

Men are from Mars, women are from Venus and food safety is from Earth

Technology originally designed for use in outer space has been applied to detect radioactive cesium contamination in food.

China

Ecolab positive over China’s food safety progress

China is making progress as it sets out to improve its failing food safety record, according to hygiene services major Ecolab.

China

ConsumerLab takes its ingredient safety reports to China

ConsumerLab.com (CL) has launched a Chinese-language service, cn.ConsumerLab.com, to help consumers in China evaluate the safety of food products.

Food safety

Fish and chips: Scientists devise 'credit card' to test for histamine

Flinders University researchers have invented a revolutionary hi-tech method to test for food poisoning in fish.

Gut microbiota shifts could predict diabetes risk, suggests study

The composition of our microbiota may change through the development of pre-diabetes and diabetes, thus predicting risk and potentially leading to new ways to aid blood sugar management, say researchers.

The labelling debate

The man who invented a new nutrition labelling system

Australian food labelling laws are currently under close political scrutiny following an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to imported frozen berries.

China

Chinese authorities plan 22-month crackdown on food safety

China’s most powerful prosecutor will crack down on crimes involving food, drugs and environmental practices over the next 22 months, the Supreme People's Procuratorate has announced.

Skipping breakfast may lead to diabetes and heart disease

Skipping breakfast may typically be associated with obesity but a recent study on young women suggested it could also lead to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and...

Breakfast is key for diabetics

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for people with type 2 diabetes, an international study has claimed.