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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.

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Hydrocyanic acid forces recall of Tapioca chips

Resmi International has recalled Manjilas Tapioca Chips Spicy in Australia due to high levels of hydrocyanic acid.

Foodborne illness declines in Australia

Foodborne illness has declined 17% overall in Australia but the number of Salmonella and Campylobacter cases has risen.

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...

Australia in brief

New centre opens in Brisbane to focus on healthier food research

An industry-backed centre dedicated to creating healthier food choices for Australian and Asian consumers has opened at the University of Queensland.

News in brief

Heinz recalls beetroot due to processing error

HJ Heinz has recalled Golden Circle Beetroot Slices in Australia and New Zealand due to a processing error which could lead to microbial growth.

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Morton Salt to expand into world's biggest market

The world’s biggest salt market will gain a new player after North America’s Morton Salt signed a joint-venture with local player China National Salt of Shanghai.

Source of Yersinia outbreak remains unclear

The source of an outbreak of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis which has sickened at least 127 people in New Zealand remains unclear, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Australia

American consumer group demands USDA protection from Australian meat

A consumer rights group in the US has called on its country’s regulators to review and possibly revoke Australia’s meat inspection process, calling it an inherently flawed system.

Sri Lanka lifts temporary ban on Fonterra milk powder sales

Sri Lanka has lifted a temporary ban on the sale of three batches of Fonterra milk powder after "no food safety or quality issue" was identified during tests....

Yersinia sickens more than 100 in New Zealand

New Zealand is investigating at least 101 cases of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis which has a ‘credible link’ to a food source.

Australia - feature

Young binge drinkers risk compounding mental health issues

Research has shown that binge drinking by youngsters with existing mental health issues can risk exacerbating their condition.

New Zealand

Sporty kids being bombarded with junk food ads in New Zealand

Kiwi kids are being bombarded with junk food advertising and their parents often feel powerless to combat this, according to new research released at the NZ Population Health Conference in...

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.

Sri Lanka suspends sale of Fonterra milk powder batches over illnesses

Sri Lanka has suspended the sale of three batches of Fonterra-made Anchor milk powder after complaints of illness in children.

China

Chinese regulator: All sexual potency claims are false

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has warned consumers not to purchase health supplements that claim to increase sexual potency, saying that such claims are not genuine.

China

Officials test traditional Chinese medicines, find 12% are substandard

More than one in 10 traditional Chinese medicine materials and tablets have been found to be substandard, prompting the country’s drug watchdog to declare the situation as “not optimistic”.

Southeast Asia

New bird flu strain causing concern for poultry producers in SE Asia

A recently-emerged strain of avian influenza virus in poultry in Southeast Asia represents a new threat to animal health and livelihoods and must be closely monitored, the United Nation’s Food...

China

Approval system stopping supplements from reaching Chinese consumers

Chinese food authorities are stopping many of their citizens from gaining access to the best quality health supplements as a result of their onerous approvals process, according to one British...

New Zealand infant formula acquisitions 'key to restoring...trust': Nutricia ANZ

Nutricia Australia New Zealand’s (Nutricia ANZ) acquisition of Kiwi infant formula businesses the Sutton Group and Gardians is “key to restoring" consumer confidence lost as a result of the 2013 botulism scare....

News in brief

Norway stresses salmon safety in face of China virus fears

Chinese media reports are wrong and Norwegian salmon poses no danger to the health of consumers, the Norwegian Seafood Council has stressed after the Asian country’s government announced an end...

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.

China

11 arrested for 'distributing 90m toxic metal-laced capsules'

Police and food and drug administration officials in eastern China have arrested 11 people for manufacturing and distributing empty capsules laced with chromium. They are now attempting to trace all...

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Mérieux NutriSciences acquires Sino Analytica to boost China presence

Mérieux NutriSciences has reinforced its food safety footprint in China with an acquisition.

FDA India closes packaging plant after it was caught reusing oil tins

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) India has closed down a packaging plant for palm olein oil after it discovered the owner was reusing old tins for the product, which...

Australia

Rat study finds how memories of junk food can change eating behaviour

A diet of junk food not only makes rats fat, but also reduces their drive to seek a balanced diet, according to researchers in Sydney.

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