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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.

Diet could cut medication dependence for type 2 diabetes patients

Australian researchers have developed a “life-changing” diet and exercise programme which they say has resulted in an average 40% reduction in medication levels for type 2 diabetes patients.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Half of Malaysians now obese or overweight

Malaysia has continued reinforced its position as Asia’s fattest country with a further increase in its obesity rate last year. According to an official study, almost half of Malaysians are...

China’s first welfare code for feed lots, slaughterhouses due in June

China will have its first draft animal husbandry and slaughtering standards code by June, according to the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), which is working with 30 domestic livestock breeding...

Australia

Scientists may have linked energy drinks with heart palpitations

South Australian researchers believe that more than two energy drinks per day could be the cause of fast heartbeat and palpitations.

This week Down Under

Study: No benefits for children from reduced-fat dairy diet

Australian research has called into question international dairy guidelines for toddlers, saying that the consumption of reduced-fat dairy has no additional health benefits.

More sickened from Tripod Farmers salad

The number of Salmonella cases linked to pre-packed mixed salad products in Australia from Tripod Farmers Pty has risen to more than 60.

Tripod Farmers recalls lettuce linked to Salmonella illnesses

Tripod Farmers has recalled pre-packed lettuce linked to an outbreak of Salmonella.

News in brief

Singapore company offers monitoring service for packaging laws

A service to monitor Asia-Pacific packaging-related legislation that offers real-time updates has launched in Singapore.

News in brief

New Singapore food regulations come into effect

Amendments to Singapore’s food regulations have now come into force, according to a circular from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore. 

China's slowdown hits second-biggest pork company

Yurun Food, China’s number-two pork player, continues to go through turbulent times, with some industry watchers forecasting a sell-off of company assets this year to get the firm back on...

Imported food from countries with low GDP poses higher safety risks – study

Risk estimates for food imported into the US show a clear distinction between high- and low- risk countries and product types, according to an analysis of federal import violations data.

OSI slams Chinese court’s judgement on expired meat scandal

The American parent of the Chinese company found by a Shanghai court this week to have sold out-of-date meat to international burger chains has reacted angrily to the jailing of...

News in brief

Lab shows worrying levels of mycotoxin in Chinese produce

Around 6.2% of China’s annual grain yield is contaminated by mycotoxins every year, according to research by the Chinese Academy of Engineering. 

China direct

Prediction: China to have world’s safest infant formula in a decade

In the next decade, China will have the safest infant formula available anywhere—just 10 short years after China's melamine scandal (writes Paul O’Brien of Chemlinked). 

News in brief

Two food safety memorandum of understandings signed

Two different memorandum of understandings have been created around food safety.

News in brief

NZ assessing next step to reduce cases of campylobacter

The New Zealand food safety minister has said that the country’s campylobacter strategy is being reviewed to achieve further reductions in levels of the food-borne bacterium in chicken.

News in brief

Vietnam targets food poisoning reduction as a priority in 2016

Food safety officials in Vietnam have highlighted the prevention of food poisoning outbreaks among its priorities for 2016. 

Philippines and New Zealand establish food safety pact

The Philippines has signed an agreement with New Zealand to strengthen co-operation in food safety between the countries.

This week Down Under

Study: Taking managed diet breaks could help with weight loss

Taking a break from dieting won’t necessarily ruin one’s efforts to lose weight, and could even be a benefit, according to researchers at Sydney University.

Product recall in Western Australia

Lion Dairy & Drinks and Coles are undertaking a recall of a number of products manufactured on Saturday 23 January 2016 at Lion’s Bentley dairy site in Western Australia as...

India

Pune bans unhealthy snack foods from school system

Pune’s education authority has banned food high in fat, salt and sugar in public school canteens with immediate effect.

44.9% of food samples fail Lucknow safety tests

Almost 45% of the 289 samples collected by the Food Safety and Drugs Administration laboratory in Lucknow failed food safety testing in the final nine months of 2015.

News in brief

Authorities investigate illegal use of poppy seeds by restaurants

Dozens of restaurants have been investigated for the addition of poppy capsules and other illegal ingredients to food following a nationwide sting by China’s food safety regulator.

NSF International widens NZ and Aus offering with acquisition

NSF International has made an acquisition to expand food safety and quality services to a wider New Zealand and Australian food manufacturer and retail market.

News in brief

Fruzio: ‘We know that we have to rebuild your trust in the brand’

Fruzio Mixed Berries implicated in five cases of Hepatitis A are back on sale after product testing failed to find the virus.

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