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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.

China direct

12.5% of beverages failed Chinese inspections in first-half of year

More than one in 10 drinks on sale in China did not meet national standards in the first six months of this year, China’s food regulator has announced.

India

FSSAI to revamp guidelines to include thousands more products

The public will have the best part of a month to offer input into new guidelines for proprietary foods, health supplements and additives as India’s food regulator sets out to...

This week Down Under

Research backs belief that tomatoes can trigger gout

Gout sufferers who maintain that eating tomatoes can cause their condition to flare up will likely welcome new University of Otago research that has, for the first time, found a...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Malaysia diabetes rate doubles since 2011

An official study has shown that the instance of diabetes had more than doubled in Malaysia over the last four years.

Alterations to gut microbe environment may have role in type 1 diabetes risk

Changes to our gut microbiota could have a direct impact the production of antimicrobial peptides that play a role in the risk of developing type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune...

Australia

Chance finding sees high-fat diet triggering dangerous gene activity

A surprise discovery in fat mice will lead to novel treatments for obesity and type-2 diabetes in humans, according to new research from South Australia.

Analysis

As Maggi affair nears conclusion, it's time to ask some questions

Over the last few days it feels like we’ve written about little more than the Maggi noodles affair in India. Thankfully it is reaching a conclusion. But still it raises...

Maggi given all clear by high court pending further tests

The Bombay high court has ruled that the chief executive of India’s food regulator, the FSSAI, had “acted in an emergent, drastic and arbitrary” fashion in ordering Nestlé to withdraw...

Key events in the Maggi affair

On June 5, India’s food regulator, the FSSAI, ordered nine lines of Maggi, the Nestlé noodle brand that dominates the market, to be removed from shelves in India.

Editorial

Maggi action: The latest monsoon in a chai cup

Reactionary and radical moves by politicians and administrators who like to ride roughshod over common sense are unexceptional occurrences in India. 

South Asia radius

Regulatory confusion will pave the way for the ‘inspector raj’

Regulations confusion will serve to allow the ‘inspector raj’ into the food industry

Mixed Maggi news for Nestlé as FDA gives all clear

Nestlé India’s Maggi noodles have been cleared by one Indian lab but failed tests in another as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given them the green light....

News in brief

UK ingredients player expands to US, questions Chinese quality

UK-based ingredients distributor Direct Food Ingredients has opened an office and warehouse in Los Angeles where it will focus its activities in nutraceuticals and sports nutrition and push its quality...

China direct

Child obesity has already doubled this century in Beijing

Child obesity has already doubled this century in Beijing

Australia

Partial to 32kg of chocolate a year, Aussies told they must eat better

Around two-thirds of Australians are obese and consume on average a quantity of chocolate each year equivalent to a passenger’s first-class baggage allowance on long-haul flights, Csiro, the country’s government...

Australia

Supplements industry applauds regulator’s move to cut red tape

A move by Australia’s natural supplement regulator to cut redundant red tape has met with approval from the industry.

India cannot ensure sesame seeds imported to EU are safe – FVO

Indian controls cannot ensure sesame seeds exported to the EU are safe, according to the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO).

Nestlé India sales drop 20% after Maggi recall

Nestlé India’s net sales plummeted 20.1% in the second quarter largely due to the Maggi noodles scare.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Ministry: Hiked import tariffs not a means to swell Indonesian coffers

Ministry: Hiked import tariffs not a means to swell Indonesian coffers

This week Down Under

Unhealthy Australia now one of the world’s biggest salt consumers

Unhealthy Australia now one of the world’s biggest salt consumers

Skipping breakfast may put diabetics at risk of dangerous blood sugar spikes, warn researchers

Diabetics who skip breakfast may be provoking hazardous blood sugar spikes by fasting until lunch, according to new research.

Special Edition: Feed Safety

Experts identify inherent risks in algae, insects as feed and call for more robust risk assessment measures

Heightened national risk assessment is seen as decisive in mitigating both existing and new hazards, said the two bodies behind a recent international feed risk analysis event in Rome.

Lack of dairy-based fat in human diet may lead to prediabetes, dolphin study suggests

Heptadecanoic acid, a saturated fat found in dairy products, may actually help stop prediabetes in its tracks, says a National Marine Mammal Foundation study.

Chinese scientists detect melamine in white gold using real gold

Chinese scientists have developed a method to detect melamine in milk and infant formula using gold nanoparticles.

South Asia radius

20% of Indian food tests revealed adulterated or misbranded products

20% of Indian food tests revealed adulterated or misbranded products

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