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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.

Review of the year

Asia-Pacific in 2014: A year of scandals, soul searching and success

The last 12 months have been turbulent for much of Asia-Pacific's food industry, with regulations, legislation, markets and partnerships continuing to develop in the latest step in the region's economic...

News in brief

USP talks food fraud with Chinese Ministry of Agriculture

US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) laboratories has held a workshop with scientists from the China’s Ministry of Agriculture to highlight efforts on risk assessment and food quality.

Australia

Fruit could lower risk of depression in women

Women who eat fewer than two serves of fruit a day face a greater risk of developing depression, University of Queensland research has found.

India

Quarter of all milk adulterated, minister promises more effective laws

More than a quarter of all samples of milk taken across India are adulterated, the country’s health minister has revealed.

China

Food poisoning deaths drop as authorities relax whistle-blower regs

Less people are dying of food poisoning, though more are getting sick, according to official  health figures released for the third-quarter this year.  

Review of bird flu safeguards urged to curb new outbreaks

All parties in the poultry supply chain, including feed producers, need to assess how they can help limit avian flu outbreaks, with no certainties about whether the spread of the...

Analysis

Aus-NZ regulator paves the way for GM corn approval

Having assured consumers that food derived from a genetically modified corn strain poses no health concerns, the antipodean food regulator is now calling on the public and industry to voice...

Trends for 2015: Asia's mixed bag

Infant food manufacturers will be celebrating in China as the impact of this year's loosening of the one-child ban is felt; meanwhile, traffic-calming measures in Manila continue to prevent goods...

Infant formula donations banned at Typhoon Ruby evacuation centres

The Philippine Department of Health has banned donations of infant formula in evacuation centres for those fleeing Typhoon Ruby.

Neogen inks deal for foothold in Asia

Neogen Corporation has acquired the food safety and veterinary genomic assets of its Chinese distributor, Beijing Anapure BioScientific Co.

DIGGING INTO INNOVATION AND NPD WITH DATAMONITOR CONSUMER

Bakery for diabetics: How to storm into China

Developing baked goods for diabetics has heaps of potential in China given the rates of diabetes and mounting concern in the country, says Datamonitor Consumer.

New Zealand

Public needs to disapprove as much of obesity as it did of tobacco

About one-third of children are now overweight or obese in New Zealand and public pressure is needed to change food and health policies to counter this, according to researchers at...

China

27 arrested for smuggling beef that had been banned amid BSE scare

After an 11-month manhunt, Chinese police have arrested 27 people suspected of being part of a smuggling ring that would bring beef into China at a time when BSE fears...

Australia

Weight stigma a worse problem than expected, some report cases daily

Overweight and obese people experience many more episodes of being stigmatised in their everyday lives than has until now been realised, with most suffering almost daily negative treatment, a study...

Silliker seals Australian deal to boost food testing

Silliker Australia has acquired DMG MicroLabs to enable it to tap into the ‘growing opportunity’ in the food testing market.

China

Blaze at Chinese packaging plant kills at least 18

Eighteen people died in a fire at a vegetable packager in east China's Shandong province, local authorities have reported.

China Modern Dairy shares fall as bovine TB reports probed

Chinese authorities are investigating reports that a business unit of China Modern Dairy sold milk cows that tested positive for bovine tuberculosis (bTB) and brucellosis.

Danone loses bid to restart stalled NZ$1bn Fonterra WPC damages suit

An attempt by Danone to restart its stalled botulism scare damages suit against Fonterra in New Zealand has been rejected.

French duo launch HalalTest: ‘We want to democratize analysis’

Two French entrepreneurs have launched ‘HalalTest’, a portable device that tests food for the presence of pork. 

China lifts 2013 ban on Fonterra infant formula ingredients

China has lifted its ban on the import of Fonterra two infant formula ingredients, more than a year after it was implemented in the midst of the 2013 botulism scare.

Massey chosen as site for food safety research centre

Massey University will be the site of the New Zealand Government’s Food Safety Science and Research Centre planned to open in mid-2015.

Australia

Study finds how brands use social media to draw kids to junk food

Sydney researchers have blasted junk food brands for targeting young social media users to promote unhealthy food after identifying the scale of the issue.

Do zero-calorie sweeteners increase diabetes risk?

“Artificial sweeteners may boost diabetes risk” ran the headline in the New York Times last month – but experts have said to take recent research with a pinch of salt.

New Zealand

NZ heart group warns against changing to coconut oil

The New Zealand Heart Foundation is telling Kiwis that they are better off consuming unsaturated plant oils than switching to coconut oil.

Taiwan

In pics: Two months of food scandals rocks Taiwan

Recent reports that international furniture retailer Ikea has been using expired milk in its ice cream is the latest scandal to rock Taiwan. We take a look at a tense...