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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.

China direct

China slams reports that companies are selling human flesh to Africa

Chinese food companies have not been selling human meat as food in Africa, according to a top government official who dismissed Zambian media claims as “malicious slandering and vilification”.

News in brief

Food safety focus for New Zealand research centre

The New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre has been officially launched.

Bean sprout warning reinstated after Salmonella findings

South Australian health authorities have re-issued a warning on mung bean sprouts almost a month after saying they were safe to eat.

Why Is the Middle East hungry? Blame armed conflict

Armed conflict and revolutions have halted and in some cases reverse progress made by Middle Eastern and North African countries in reaching the UN’s development goals. 

Food safety concerns raised in market access spat

China’s WH Group's progress has stalled in its home market, despite international successes, due to the country's tough approach to food safety.

China direct

Top official gets tough on food safety during inspection tour

One of China’s most senior legislators has called on companies to follow food safety regulations, while also instructing government officials to deal harshly with transgressions.

News in brief

NTU and Wageningen partner on food science and technology

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and Wageningen University have partnered on a PhD program on food science and technology.

India

Regulator cracks down on illegal packaged drinking water manufacturers

India’s food regulator has directed state food safety officials to identify cases where packaged drinking water brands do not carry either the FSSAI or Bureau of Indian Standards’ certification marks,...

News in brief

200 kilos of meat seized in Pakistan

News outlets have reported that 200 kilos of unhygienic meat have been seized from two houses during a raid in Pakistan’s district of Faisalabad.   

Singapore prepares for $15m study to demystify diabetes

Singapore researchers hope that a S$20m (US$14.7m) project will “change diabetes’ natural course” in a country whose diabetic population is expected to top 1m by 2050—more than double the current...

Menace to society: Age-old herbal remedies don't guarantee safety

Popular herbal medicines that have been used for many years should not be considered safe as researchers highlight gaps in toxicity and carcinogenicity testing.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Sugar tax one step closer to implementation in Thailand

Soft drinks could cost up to 25% more in Thailand after the National Reform Steering Assembly’s health panel approved by 153 votes to two a proposal to increase taxes for...

Australian authorities trace Salmonella to SA factory

The source of Salmonella which has sickened more than 300 people in Australia has been traced to a factory in South Australia.

Australia & NZ

Regulator mulls ‘all other foods’ maximum residue limit for chemicals

The antipodean food regulator has called for submissions on a proposal to create an “all other foods” maximum residue limit for some agricultural chemicals.

Australians still exceed sugar guidance, though trends are improving

More than half of Australians regularly exceed official recommendations on the consumption of sugar, according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

China's youth obesity prevalence grows from 0.03% to 17.2% in 30 years

China is paying the price of adopting a western lifestyle with soaring childhood obesity, according to a 29-year study of nearly 28,000 children and adolescents. 

Observers say Harvard anti-supplements article so poorly done as to be 'embarrassing'

A recent Harvard publication blasting supplements as ‘suspect’ and ‘useless’ was criticized by industry observers as ‘unbalanced’ and even ‘embarrassing.’

PLUS: Canada investigates Hepatitis A outbreak from berries

More than 150 sick in Australian Salmonella outbreak

A Salmonella outbreak which has sickened more than 150 people in Australia has been linked to raw mung bean sprouts.

News in brief

Taiyo gets non-GMO verification on Sunfiber prebiotic ingredient

Japanese ingredient supplier Taiyo has expanded the certification support for its Sunfiber prebiotic ingredient with a Non-GMO Project verification.

Report: Almost all Vietnamese cattle and seafood farms use antibiotics

A staggering number of cattle seafood farms across large areas of Vietnam have been found to feed their stock antibiotics, the country’s animal welfare authority has found.

Digestive issues attributed to lactose intolerance may be caused by A1 beta-casein protein, suggests study funded by a2 Milk

New clinical research – funded by the a2 Milk Company – lends credence to its claims that many consumers who believe they can’t tolerate lactose (milk sugar) should really be...

News in brief

Shanghai city-wide food safety hotline gets 300k calls in four years

A Shanghai hotline that allows members of the public to lodge complains about the food they buy has received around 300,000 calls since it was set up four years ago.

China direct

Chaotic distribution system provides fertile ground for fake formula

Chaotic sales channels are to blame for Chinese counterfeiting scandals such as the recent case involving 22,600 cans of fake milk powder produced and sold under the brands of US...

Inner Mongolia Tianmu Group invests in beef production

A Chinese food processor is bulking up its beef output with a RMB450 million investment to breed 50,000 cattle. 

This week Down Under

Anti-smoking drugs found to be effective for kicking the sugar habit

In the world’s first study of its kind, researchers at the Queensland University of Technology believe that anti-smoking drugs could be used reverse a global trend towards excess sugar consumption....

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