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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.

IBM and Walmart to boost traceability with blockchain

IBM, Walmart and Tsinghua University are to work together on a 16-week project to improve the way food is tracked, transported and sold to consumers across China.

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Efsa prepares to announce China collaboration

The European Union’s food-safety watchdog is expected to formalise its relationship with its Chinese counterpart in November.

Hong Kong still prosecuting only very few food safety complaints

Fewer than 3% of complaints against Hong Kong food vendors have end in prosecution this year, at a time when reports of food-safety violations are increasing.

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Massey University hopes novel tech will put it on the MAPs (or MATs)

Massey University is mulling the creation of a centre based around a novel food processing technology.

Academic puts China’s economic cost of ignoring food safety at $750m

A leading academic has put a cash value on the economic costs China will face this year through food-safety issues in agriculture.

New Zealand

Too close to Coke: FIZZ campaigners told to change their logo

A “no sugary drinks” logo which will be on display this week will “empower” communities to improve their health, and send a clear message about the damage caused by too...

Academic puts China’s economic cost of ignoring food safety at $750m

A leading academic has put a cash value on the economic costs China will face this year through food-safety issues in agriculture.

Bird flu will ‘continue’ in Vietnam, expert warns

After a deadly outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) strain H5N1 rocked Vietnam’s southern meat-producing hub, experts have warned the country will continue to suffer from the virus....

China issues disease warning to Australia

A stern warning over disease control has come from an inspection boss at one of the largest ports on China’s east coast, which is ramping up preparations for importing live...

Piglet diarrhea: Australian player seeks regulatory backing for antibiotic alternative

Anatara has submitted an application to register a product, which is based on a natural extract from pineapple roots called bromelain, to control diarrhea in piglets, with the Australian Pesticides...

Vietnam hit with bird flu outbreak

Hundreds of chickens have been culled in backyard poultry farms in Vietnam following the outbreak of a highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) strain.

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TUV India completes food safety project

TUV India has completed a project to improve food safety hygiene and product quality in the Indian food processing sector.

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Shanghai gets tough with lifetime bans for food-safety violators

Shanghai has announced it will hand out new penalties to food-safety violators, with some crimes even leading to life bands from the food industry.

China direct

Company in expired meat sting ordered to pay RMB24m in fines

Shanghai’s food safety watchdog ordered the meat supplier that was at the centre of an expired meat scandal in 2014 to pay fines for producing and selling substandard products.

Lab demonstrates commitment to Asia Pacific - Eurofins

Eurofins Scientific has opened a microbiology testing laboratory in Singapore for food and beverage retailers and manufacturers.


Sugar review: Rewriting history to expose a non-existent conspiracy

Last week, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an historical analysis of internal sugar industry documents.

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Chinese police bust meat smuggling ring

Nearly 1,000 tons of frozen meat, some contaminated with bleach, have been seized by Guangdong police in the South of China, according to reports.

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New Zealand and China extend food safety partnership

A scholarship programme between New Zealand and China boosting understanding of each other’s food safety systems has been extended for two more years.

Australian nutrition industry cheers landmark changes to regulation

Australia’s natural nutrition and complementary health industry has received a “once in a lifetime” boost after the government gave the green light to a raft of changes to how businesses...

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Intertek accredited to certify exported products

Intertek’s food testing laboratory in Hyderabad has been accredited by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).

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PRAN Group to get food safety help

PRAN Group in Bangladesh is to get help to reduce food safety risks.

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China ramps up inspections of regional food safety authorities

Beijing will send inspectors to provincial governments to review their food safety records as part of a wide-reaching annual assessment of progress.

Dubai to implement smart halal logos to improve traceability

Dubai Municipality has signed an agreement with a Swiss traceability company for a smart inspection solution for food products that will deliver a digital halal logo and a smartphone app.

Australia’s livestock export chief visits Middle East amid black market concerns

Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council chairman Simon Crean has visited the Middle East to iron out welfare and black market concerns worrying Australia during Eid’s bumper trade period.

Popular but illegal: Legal certainty on the horizon for Tongkat ali extract?

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is seeking feedback on a novel food application for Tongkat ali extract, a process which could lift a formal EU ban on the ingredient...

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