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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.

News in brief

Named chains among those found to be selling unsafe sweets in Delhi

Large chains were among the retailers found to be selling substandard sweets after a Delhi raid found that at least 16% of products it tested did not conform to regulations.


Mis-stating sodium content is commonplace, claims researcher

The level of sodium stated on a label is likely to be lower than the actual content when analysed in a lab, a researcher has claimed.

China direct

One-third of China’s elderly are obese, yet malnutrition still a worry

An alarming number of China’s elderly have been found to suffer from weight-related conditions following a study that covered six provinces in the country.

HK supermarket leads unhealthy food promotion in international study

A Hong Kong supermarket has been named as the worst offender in promoting unhealthy foods in an analysis by Australian obesity prevention researchers that covered 12 countries.

News in brief

One-third of Hong Kong’s foodservice drinks have excess sugar levels

A consumer watchdog has called on the foodservice industry to do more to tackle sugar consumption after a study found that one-third of the drinks served in Hong Kong outlets...

News in brief

All Taipei hypermarkets found to have lax stock expiry practices

More than a dozen Taipei hypermarket outlets will be fined for their failure to declare their disposal methods for expired produce, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection has announced.

Soapbox - Guest column

Is complementary medicine shackled by a nanny state?

There is still an Australian self-view involving reckless abandon, a laissez-faire approach to rules and an attitude toward life that involves doing what we want, when we want. Ours is...

Adulteration screening project inspired Milk Fingerprinting development: Fonterra

Fonterra's work with FOSS and Arla Foods on a method to screen for adulterants served as a foundation for the development of its award-winning Milk Fingerprinting technology. 

South Asia Radius

FSSAI returns to court in bid to reinstate Maggi ban

In the latest twist in the long-drawn-out Maggi noodle saga, India’s food regulator has petitioned the Supreme Court to quash an earlier ruling to lift a ban on the popular...

FSSAI returns to court in bid to reinstate Maggi ban

In the latest twist in the long-drawn-out Maggi noodle saga, India’s food regulator has petitioned the Supreme Court to quash an earlier ruling to lift a ban on the popular...

dispatches from RAFA 2015, Prague

FAO and IAEA set out food safety challenges for developing countries

A workshop on food safety for developing countries including capacity building guidance has been held by the FAO and IAEA at the RAFA symposium in Prague.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Thailand mulls action to curb extravagant soft drink promotions

Thailand’s government is considering measures to regulate the advertising of soft drinks, including green tea, which it says is behind the country’s soaring sugar consumption. 

Diabetes chief says no to NZ sugar tax

The head of a body that represents New Zealanders with diabetes has hit out at arguments that a tax on sugary products would help prevent the spread of the disease.

South Asia radius

Maggi noodles back on shelves in time for Diwali

Maggi noodles have returned to Indian shelves in time for the Diwali holiday, Nestlé has announced.

Food safety is a global issue which needs to be addressed locally - GFSI

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has entered into three partnerships to boost food safety.

News in brief

Asia and Europe come together to talk food safety

A seminar this week is hoping to build on outcomes from the Sanitary and Phyto Sanitary (SPS) week in China last year on food safety.

Regulations in China

Five changes in market access to China

This year has been a big one for China’s food safety policymakers, who last month introduced changes to legislation that would serve as a regulatory framework for the coming years....

Gulfood Manufacturing 2015, Dubai

Ishida Europe leak detector minimises spoilage in pre packed cheese

Ishida Europe has launched a leak detector to minimise spoilage in pre-packed retail products, such as hard, soft and grated cheese.

ACCC looks to reauthorize voluntary Australia infant formula marketing code

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has proposed to reauthorize a voluntary code that prohibits the advertising and promotion of infant formula in the country.

Far East digest

Less health risk for overweight Koreans than those who are underweight

Overweight Koreans may live longer than those who are underweight, possibly due to better awareness of the risks they faced, research has found.

Guest article

Quality is more than compliance

The provision of high quality products is fundamental to the goal of the complementary medicines industry of enhancing consumers’ health.


Processed meat and cancer: Let's cut the nonsense

After reviewing years of research that had suggested a link, yesterday the WHO classified processed meat as carcinogenic. Cue sensationalist headlines and huge industry backlash against these ‘obviously biased claims’....


Milk scandal raises questions over China's new food safety law

Another dairy scandal has raged across Chinese media over the last month, overshadowing the introduction of China’s much-touted new food safety law and casting further doubts over the government’s ability to bring...

Imported dairy to be 'significantly impacted' by draft Chinese e-commerce law

China is tightening legislation surrounding cross border e-commerce (CBEC) - a move expected to “significantly impact" imported dairy brands.

This week Down Under

Australia’s diabetes rate has jumped by a third since 2007

The number of Australians diagnosed with diabetes has leapt by one-third to more than 1.2m in the last eight years—a growth driven primarily by a rise in type 2 diabetes,...

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