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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.

India

Chocolate to fall under FSSAI standards from 2018

Chocolate manufacturers will have to fall in line with the constraints of food safety and standards regulations after India’s health ministry placed all types of chocolate under the regulator’s purview....

Dispatches from Food Integrity in Parma

Food Integrity: China consumer view and impact in fish industry

Results from DNA barcoding of fish from across Europe and Chinese attitudes to food fraud were revealed during the Food Integrity conference last month.

Australia overhauls meat quality assurance scheme

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has integrated its red meat and livestock quality assurance programs in a bid to improve them for the “future prosperity of the red meat and...

Sustainable food and booze: NZ’s most sought-after exports to Singapore

New Zealand’s wealth of safe, sustainable food and beverage sources is not lost on Singaporean consumers, with total exports rising by 10% to $1.1bn in the past year.

Food delivery guidelines released by Shanghai FDA

Shanghai food authorities have issued a number of measures designed to strengthen supervision of food delivery platforms.

The sativa saga: Part 1

Cannabis crusaders cheer after 19 years of dashed hopes

On Friday, April 28, Australia—and to some extent New Zealand—witnessed the birth of a brand new industry segment, when a council of ministers agreed finally to permit the consumption of...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Headache for Hanoi inspectors monitoring movement of frozen goods

Hanoi food inspectors are struggling to monitor frozen meat and produce, which are often stored poorly, then broken down into smaller packages and sold through wholesale markets to traders who...

India

Court demands better monitoring of railway foodservice

India’s government has been ordered to explain how it intends to monitor and improve the hygiene and quality of food on the country’s railways, following a court ruling.

Energy drink 'risk' revealed for teenagers with genetic heart disease

Caffeinated energy drinks can trigger serious cardiac events in young people with a genetic heart disease, Australian researchers claim.

South Asia radius

Expert panel paves the way for wide-ranging anti-junk food measures

A panel of experts has recommended extra taxes on highly refined foods and soft drinks, as well as a ban on junk-food advertising on children’s television.

China direct - Soapbox

Unwrapping China: How to address the ‘new normal’

China is a country of epochs and eras, phases and cycles, periods and plans. It has witnessed agricultural revolutions followed by massive industrialisation, open-market reforms and WTO accession—and now technological...

Japan revises law to allow imports of organic feed

Japan now accepts the use of imported organic certified animal feed from countries that share an organic equivalency arrangement with it, according to the USDA.

Editor’s blog: Food Vision Asia 2017

The war on diabetes: Time to stop pussyfooting and fight to win

One of the key themes at Food Vision Asia, a high-level industry event in Singapore last week organised by the publisher of FoodNavigator-Asia, concerned the rise of lifestyle diseases in...

UAE says upcoming import ban will not affect produce availability

The UAE’s decision to ban certain produce exceeding minimum residue levels of pesticides from May 15 will not lead to food shortages in the country.

Most NZ fish oil supplements meet label claims, oxidation levels: GOED analysis

Testing of 47 fish oil supplements purchased at retail in New Zealand shows that 91% met EPA/DHA label claims, according to strict GOED standards, while most also met regulatory limits...

FrieslandCampina promotes dairy awareness in Myanmar

Dutch dairy cooperative Royal FrieslandCampina (FrieslandCampina) says it has reached 10,000 households – approximately 50,000 people – in Dawpon Township, Yangon, as part of its campaign to raise awareness of...

Food Vision Asia 2017

FSSAI admits high-handed past, now seeks more industry collaboration

According to a senior official at the FSSAI, the food authority has now cast off its reputation as an impregnable fortress whose top-down approach risked alienating food players across India.

Food Vision Asia 2017

Minister unveils pro-industry plan to fight diabetes in Singapore

Singapore’s minister of state for health has revealed a new business-first approach to encourage healthier food development as part of a three-pronged “war on diabetes”.

China

Authorities ‘fully alert’ to wanghong food risks

Shanghai’s food watchdog has been clamping down on the sale of wanghong—or food endorsed by high-profile bloggers and celebrities on the internet. 

Potential feed link in dioxin contamination scandal in Taiwan

The spotlight is on animal feed in a probe by Taiwanese authorities investigating an incident where eggs were found to have been tainted by dioxin.

News in brief

US and Australia recognise food safety systems as comparable

Australia and the US have signed a bilateral food safety recognition agreement after five years of work.

China direct

Most Chinese ‘fake news’ stories involve food safety

Most fake news stories in China concern food safety, according to a online verification team set up by Tencent.

Aussie alcohol-reduction campaign found to be 'world’s most effective'

A graphic advertisement showing how alcohol can work its way through the bloodstream and increase the risk of cancer has proved to be the most persuasive commercial of its type. ...

Deal gives Indian regulator access to 70k international food standards

An agreement between India’s food regulator and an American regulatory consultant will provide the FSSAI with access to a database of over 70,000 international standards governing food, additives and contaminants.

Bruker opens demo facility in China

Bruker has opened a demo facility to support China’s scientific research community.

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