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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.

China

Blaze at Chinese packaging plant kills at least 18

Eighteen people died in a fire at a vegetable packager in east China's Shandong province, local authorities have reported.

China Modern Dairy shares fall as bovine TB reports probed

Chinese authorities are investigating reports that a business unit of China Modern Dairy sold milk cows that tested positive for bovine tuberculosis (bTB) and brucellosis.

Danone loses bid to restart stalled NZ$1bn Fonterra WPC damages suit

An attempt by Danone to restart its stalled botulism scare damages suit against Fonterra in New Zealand has been rejected.

French duo launch HalalTest: ‘We want to democratize analysis’

Two French entrepreneurs have launched ‘HalalTest’, a portable device that tests food for the presence of pork. 

China lifts 2013 ban on Fonterra infant formula ingredients

China has lifted its ban on the import of Fonterra two infant formula ingredients, more than a year after it was implemented in the midst of the 2013 botulism scare.

Massey chosen as site for food safety research centre

Massey University will be the site of the New Zealand Government’s Food Safety Science and Research Centre planned to open in mid-2015.

Australia

Study finds how brands use social media to draw kids to junk food

Sydney researchers have blasted junk food brands for targeting young social media users to promote unhealthy food after identifying the scale of the issue.

Do zero-calorie sweeteners increase diabetes risk?

“Artificial sweeteners may boost diabetes risk” ran the headline in the New York Times last month – but experts have said to take recent research with a pinch of salt.

New Zealand

NZ heart group warns against changing to coconut oil

The New Zealand Heart Foundation is telling Kiwis that they are better off consuming unsaturated plant oils than switching to coconut oil.

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...

News in brief

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.

News in brief

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.

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