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.
A decision by Chinese authorities to tidy up its Byzantine regulatory systems will see the consolidation of nearly 5,000 food safety standards and the revision of 300 other national standards.
Japan has confirmed a third outbreak of avian flu in as many days, prompting the cull of thousands of farmed birds in the north of the country.
A Philippines law designed to tax each excess milligram of sodium relative to guidelines has met with strong opposition at committee stage after one representative remarked that such a levy...
An illegal yet sophisticated meat processing ring in greater Auckland has been shut down after a raid orchestrated by New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
A historical disease caused by a lack of vitamin C and associated with old-world sailors, it appears that scurvy is reappearing in Australia due to poor modern dietary habits.
An illegal meat processing operation has been discovered by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand.
Australian scientists have identified the part of the brain responsible for sodium addiction, raising hopes that a drug could be developed to suppress salt cravings.
WITec has opened an office in Beijing which will host customer events.
In a bid to tackle import food fraud, the Philippines Department of Agriculture is to cancel and recall all import permits on agricultural products.
An Australian study into how alcohol companies use sport to sell their products via social media suggests that businesses go beyond simple promotion by encouraging their audiences to create and...
In a further sign that Chinese authorities are strengthening their supervision of imported infant formula, a major Australian manufacturer with a 100-year history has seen its Chinese business registration suspended.
India’s food regulator is in the process of setting up a panel to review the country’s safety standards in the context of global norms.
The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention has banned a further three ‘herbal supplements’ and warned they could endanger the lives of patients.
Several US Senators have called on the Obama administration to make the approval process for GM products a focus in upcoming trade talks with China.
Improving the safety of the Bangladeshi fruit and vegetable sector is the target of a SWITCH-Asia project which runs until the end of 2019.
Egypt has signed two agreements with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) including helping to create the Egyptian Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
The antipodean food regulator is surveying opinion on an application by a natural sweetener company to permit a wider range of steviol glycosides for use as intense sweeteners.
Obesity has overtaken smoking to become Australia’s biggest public health challenge, one of the country’s most senior health practitioners has warned.
European universities are to work with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) on food safety.
The University of Arkansas has received a $2.3m grant from the Walmart Foundation to fund projects involving the poultry industry in China.
The state of Maharashtra is considering imposing a so-called “fat tax” on fast food in a bid to push residents into eating more healthily.
The past few years have been tumultuous in the food industry, with unfortunate food safety incidents eroding consumer trust in the supply chain and governing bodies stepping up to implement...
Dubai authorities are believed to have closed almost half of all the emirate’s shawarma stands after new food safety and hygiene regulations came into effect at the start of this...
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will undermine seafood safety in the US, according to Food & Water Watch.
Dubai Municipality is to hold a forum to investigate ways to address the obesity issue among the emirate’s schoolchildren, according to officials.