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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

Smog blamed on smoking bacon, city bans practice ahead of new year

The culinary practice of smoking bacon, a traditional method of preserving pork, has been banned in the Chinese city of Chongqing after being blamed for much of its noxious air.

Could the future of type-2 diabetes treatment be prescription diets?

In the future doctors could prescribe low calorie diets to reverse type-2 diabetes, not tablets and surgery, according to one scientist conducting a 5-year study on such a strategy.

Australia

Poll: Public angry at gov't and industry’s approach to healthier food

Two-thirds of Australians believe that the food industry has more say than the government over food regulation, while eight out of 10 believe the health star rating should me mandatory...

China

Death for man who sold 19k tonnes of slaughtered cattle waste as lard

A man who sold thousands of tonnes of cooking oil made from the waste of slaughtered cattle has been given the death penalty and fined RMB340m (US$56m) by a court...

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MPI looks at upping food safety fees

Feedback on changes to fees around food safety and biosecurity, including some increases, is wanted by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Japan

Hong Kong bans some Japanese poultry imports after H5N7 is detected

Hong Kong has banned the import of poultry from some regions of Japan, Israel and Nigeria following the announcement of H5 avian influenza outbreaks there.

Research

Anti-cholesterol drugs can 'safely' benefit female cardio disease

Women without any history of cardiovascular disease can reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke after an Australian study finally proved “conclusively” that cholesterol-busting statin treatment works for both...

India

Pesticide lobby slams FSSAI for allowing outlandish organic claims

India’s food industry watchdog has been criticised for allowing organic food to be sold in India through “deceptive and false claims”. Some products, according to the Crop Care Federation, which...

China bans all US poultry imports after west coast bird flu outbreak

Chinese authorities have announced a ban on all imports of US poultry and egg products, including processed and unprocessed products and breeding stock, after the detection of avian flu in...

Australia

Caffeine found to boost soft drinks consumption, industry slams study

Australian researchers have called for tighter regulation of caffeine after it was found that the addition of the chemical in soft drinks increases their consumption.

Midamar manager admits selling fake Halal beef to ME

A former manager at US meat producer Midamar has pleaded guilty to using Kosher beef and faking inspection marks on meat sold as Halal to Middle East and Asian markets.

India

Drug trial compensation increased though still not enough, say experts

While India plans to increase compensation payments to volunteers who suffer disability from clinical trials, some experts have criticised the new regime for not going far enough.

Japan

Consumer confidence rocked again following insect finding in baby food

Japan’s novus annus horribilis continues following the recall of more than 120,000 pouches of baby food after a consumer found an insect in one package.

News in brief

More than 100 sickened from Salmonella

An investigation has been launched in Queensland to find the source of an outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened more than 100 people.

Japan

Trouble for McDonald’s after vinyl and tooth were found in orders

McDonald’s Japan’s recent woes are continuing into the New Year after objects including a piece of plastic and a human tooth were found by consumers in its food this week....

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.

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