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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.

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French and Korean agencies to work together

Agencies in France and Korea have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a focus on food safety.

Garlic consumption affects breast milk, says study

Eating garlic can lead to a garlic smell and the presence of garlic-derived compounds in breast milk, but transmission is more complex than previously thought, according to a new study.

This week Down Under

Study: Obese fathers pass on metabolic health to next two generations

A father’s metabolic health can be passed from generation to generation, affecting not only his children but also his grandchildren, Sydney scientists suspect.

South Asia radius

FSSAI’s emphasis has shifted over decade since Food Standards Act

A senior food official has called on all stakeholders to embrace a “shared responsibility” for food safety by participating in the development of food standards.

CFSI poised for food safety advances - GFSI

The annual GFSI China Focus Day had ‘unprecedented’ support from government and engagement from the private sector, according to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

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Food safety MOU starts first Food Integrity Conference

Chinese representatives from Foshan city have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on food safety with the Asia Pacific Centre for Food Integrity (APCFI).

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Codex involvement will help represent different Asian needs - FIA

Food Industry Asia (FIA) has been granted observer status by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex).

One in four Hong Kong diabetics will develop heart or kidney failure

Diabetic Hongkongers should pay more attention to how they control blood glucose levels after research found that one in four diabetics in the SAR will develop severe complications, including heart...

This week Down Under

Traditional technique is hands-down best way to measure portions

Australian researchers have developed a portable and easy-to-use method to help people estimate portion size using only their hands.

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India is one of our fastest growing countries - BRC Global Standards

BRC Global Standards has expanded in India to encourage and support growth in the country.

Fish oil intake in pregnancy doesn't reduce childhood obesity risk

Omega-3 supplementation during pregnancy offers no protection for the offspring against obesity during the child’s first year of life, a study has hypothesised. 

China's pork industry grapples with pollution crisis

Genetics and nutrition companies look set to benefit from a Chinese crackdown on pollution from the livestock sector, after critics claim slurry is contaminating water supplies.

New Australian country-of-origin labelling 'doesn’t go far enough'

Australia’s new country-of-origin food labels are a good start, though there is plenty of scope to go even further, according to a leading food systems specialist.   

GFSI and UNIDO to help improve food safety in China, South East Asia and Africa

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) around food safety.

India

Potassium bromate banned following bakery investigation

The long-running potassium bromate in bread affair seems to have reached a conclusion, after India’s food regulator banned the chemical—a common bakery additive.

Egypt agriculture in chaos amid fraud and inefficiency

Egypt launches an investigation into potentially widespread fraud in its wheat procurement process, as the USDA claims wasteful food and agribusiness policies cost the country US$800m a year.

Australia/New Zealand

Regulator seeks opinions on a raft of new food safety proposals

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has called for submissions on four new amendments to antipodean food safety regulations covering the use of water in wine production, propionates in processed meat,...

Soy firm shut due to alleged food safety violations

A soy distribution company has been ordered to cease manufacturing and distribution until it comes into compliance with food safety laws.

Boost for Sri Lankan cinnamon industry

A joint project is helping cinnamon producers in Sri Lanka meet food safety and hygiene standards to boost export opportunities.

China and America play leading role in spreading invasive species

Wealthy countries such as China and America pose the greatest threat to global crop production by being leading sources of invasive species, according to Australian research, which also found that...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Low-GI breakfast could reduce risk of developing type-2 diabetes

Breakfast is officially the most important meal of the day and can help reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes, Singaporean scientists have found in a limited study.

This week Down Under

Study: Fibre and vitamin A key to preventing allergies to peanuts

Eating a diet rich in fibre can shape the immune system to reduce allergies to substances such as peanuts, new research shows. 

Australia

Research shows that those with long commutes are generally heavier

People who drive an hour or more a day are significantly heavier and wider at the waist than those who spend 15 minutes or fewer behind the wheel, research shows.

Haram ingredients hidden in food

Muslim consumers may be unintentionally consuming significant quantities of “hidden” haram ingredients in food products thanks to complex supply chains, according to a new report.

Australia/New Zealand

Cautious response to regulator’s 'inconclusive' nano-tech review

The antipodean food regulator has commissioned an advisory group to assess the safety of nano-technology following the release of two reports reviewing the effects of nano-particles in food additives and...

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