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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

Return of deadly bird flu strain prompts agencies to rethink approach

The UN’s agriculture and animal welfare bodies have called for the development of a robust detection and response system to check a resurgent outbreak of an avian influenza strain that...

Australia

Food mould innovator selected to pitch invention to Silicon Valley

An Australian researcher who has discovered how to stop mould growing on fresh food will join a select group of innovators in pitching pitching to big-name backers.

UAE prepares double-pronged assault on nutrition in schools

Dubai’s municipal authorities will soon begin to apply updated nutrition guidelines in school canteens to encourage healthier choices, while Abu Dhabi is engaging a task force to wage war on...

South Asia radius

Drinks companies unite to counter India’s looming health policies

Executives from some of India’s biggest food and beverage companies have begun discussing ways to join forces and lobby the government to abandon plans to squeeze the industry.

Indian regulator claims to have streamlined food import norms

Importers must now obtain licences from the Indian regulator before exporting food to the country, as part of new rules notified this month.

Vietnamese pork regularly contaminated with bacteria, finds study

Pork sold across Vietnam’s wet markets regularly carries food poisoning bacteria, such as Salmonella, according to researchers.

Dateline Southeast Asia

H5N1 outbreak progresses in northern Malaysia

A week after the first cases of H5N1 avian flu were found in northern Malaysia, the outbreak has spread to more districts, though at the time of writing no human...

News in brief

Shanghai tackles food safety with live-streaming app for kitchens

Customers can now watch how dishes are prepared and cooked in the kitchens of thousands of restaurants in Shanghai, as a citywide programme to install a surveillance system continues to...

India

FSSAI extends amnesty for trans fat licences

India’s food regulator has extended the deadline for companies to comply to its notification on the maximum limit of trans fatty acids. 

South Asia radius

Food safety ministry told ‘could do better’ in five-yearly report card

A five-year audit has uncovered severe flaws in India’s food safety apparatus, with the government’s chief auditor accusing officials of botching investigations and employing too few enforcers.

Singapore steps up avian influenza prevention measures

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has moved to reassure consumers that the nation’s poultry and poultry products are safe for consumption following an outbreak of H5N1 avian...

Indian regulator hears further calls for junk food labelling

Nutritionists have once again been calling for food authorities to introduce a labelling system to denote junk food, similar to the green spot that is mandatory for vegetarian foods.

Findings support European model

Kids given alcohol by parents 'less likely to binge drink'

Children whose parents give them alcohol have double the risk of drinking in the longer term, though they are less likely to binge drink.

Fsanz appoints new CEO to replace McCutcheon

Mark Booth has been named as the new chief executive of the antipodean food regulator, after six years as a senior civil servant in the health ministry.

Australia assesses problems from alcohol-related brain damage

About a third of young people in youth detention in Western Australia have alcohol-related brain damage, according to the country’s first study to assess young criminals for the condition.

China direct

China’s food-safety watchdog chief: ‘We could do better’

China’s food regulator has acknowledged that it still faces severe challenges in maintaining food safety, even though it has seen improvements in recent years.

Wild mushroom warning in Australia

Wild mushrooms should not be picked or eaten due to the health risks they pose, according to the Food Safety Information Council.

Australian research

Nano-polluters could be engineered to clean up contaminated land

Controversial nanoparticles that are widely considered a pollutant are now being studied for their range of agricultural uses.

Meat factory X-ray technology study launched in Australia

An independent review set up by the Australian meat industry will analyse the feasibility of rolling out carcase measurement technology nationwide.

Shanghai to test officials and food staff to hammer home new laws

Food safety officials and industry staff in China’s commercial capital will start being tested on new food safety laws, according to officials from the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration.

India

20% of Kerala foods found to be adulterated

Official data has shown that one fifth of all packed food items sold in the southern state of Kerala are either adulterated or misbranded.

China’s bird flu outbreak ‘serious’

An outbreak of avian influenza (AI) in China that has already claimed the lives of more than 100 people is likely to hurt the pockets of farmers, according to analysts. 

China direct

Watchdog revises standards, begins regulatory process for online sales

Beijing was a hive of activity last week as regulators revised standards on an extensive range of food lines, and released draft regulations on online food services for public comment.

News in brief

PwC to help ISO standard compliance

PwC has established a specialist food and agribusiness advisory team and food safety assurance offering in Australia.

VIDEO: Meet Ms Ugene, the state-of-the-art Singapore robot testing TCM and food products

No errors, no mood swings, no sick leave, and she can process three sets of microbiological tests in 14 minutes. Meet Ms Ugene, Singapore’s first two-armed robot microbiologist helping Traditional...

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