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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.

South Korea lifts US poultry ban

The government of South Korea has lifted its ban on imports of US poultry and poultry products. 

Dateline Southeast Asia

Ribena recalled in Malaysia

The manufacturer of Ribena has recalled some batches of the fruit drink in Malaysia over a “manufacturing error”.

Fsanz calls for submissions for GM rice variety

The antipodean food regulator is consulting the public on an application to allow a genetically modified rice line for human consumption.


Toy tie-ins make kids pester for healthy food as much as for junk food

Campaigners have been putting pressure on brands that use toys to sell unhealthy foods after an Australian study revealed the scale of the impact they have on what kids want...

South Asia radius

India puts GM foods on ‘permanent hiatus’

Widespread opposition to ending the moratorium on genetically modified food has pushed the government onto the back food on the issue.

Consumer NZ says light-proof bottles don’t make milk better

New Zealand consumer group Consumer NZ said despite claims light-proofed containers protect the vitamins in milk, its testing showed little difference in nutrient content between major milk brands.

Asia: Bird flu outbreaks see 200,000 birds culled

Hundreds of thousands of birds have been culled in the Philippines and Laos after both Southeast Asian countries reported avian influenza (AI) outbreaks.

Eurofins expands in Japan with two acquisitions

Eurofins Scientific has acquired Japan Analytical Chemistry Consultants Co. (JACC) and Ecopro Research K.K. (Ecopro) for undisclosed amounts.

First Emirati food study could help with diabetes planning

Research led by a university in Abu Dhabi has provided new insights into how traditional Emirati foods can affect blood sugar levels.

Ecolab takes advantage of consumer attention on food quality

Ecolab is planning to expand its food safety business from southern China to the northern part of the country.


Scientists trial charged-water irrigation system to boost food safety

Technology that allows vegetables to be cleaned with electrically charged water before harvest is being trialled in Australia.

Grain exporters warned of tighter controls at Chinese ports

Australian grain exporters have been told to be wary of tougher new grain import standards as Beijing implements a raft of agriculture reforms. 

China direct

Contaminated Dutch eggs found in Hong Kong

Samples of Dutch eggs containing unsafe levels of the pesticide fipronil have been identified by authorities in Hong Kong.

News in brief

MoU signed and CDB funding for Grenada

A trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed while Grenada has received funding to boost food safety in the produce sector.


FSSAI told to forget about America and learn from China and Vietnam

The World Bank has urged India to be more self-aware and learn from middle-income countries to help it improve its food safety standards.

Chinese officials crack down on food-safety rumours

Chinese food inspectors must become more transparent in a bid to control food-safety rumours circulating on social media.

This week Down Under

Adolescent food allergies ‘concerningly’ high

One in 20 of all Australian adolescents now have a food allergy—a worryingly high number according to the authors of a new study.

News in brief

BioMérieux to take control of Japanese joint venture

Sysmex and bioMérieux are to dissolve their joint venture in Japan.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Thailand to introduce new sugar tax over six years

Thailand will phase in a sugar tax over six years in a bid to help drinks manufacturers to lower their sugar content and take advantage of a simultaneous lowering of...

India drafting front-of-pack health labelling scheme

India’s food regulator is considering a mandatory benchmarking system to provide guidance on a product’s fat, sugar and salt content.

Dubai turns to cartoon characters to tackle childhood obesity

Dubai plans to tackle childhood obesity by using fun, colourful characters in a bid to persuade kids to eat healthier food.

1.3k tonnes of rotten food discovered in UAE’s latest food fraud case

Health inspectors uncovered more than 1,300 tonnes of rotten fruit, vegetables, meat and being sold at unlicensed markets to poor residents in Dubai in the first half of this year.

Novacap’s first sodium bicarbonate plant in Asia opens in Singapore

Novacap has officially opened a sodium bicarbonate plant in Singapore, the first of its kind for the French firm in Asia, to boost sales to bakery and pharmaceutical sectors, among...

News in brief

Food shipments halted at Chinese ports increases by 325%

Some 35,000 tonnes of imported food products failed to pass Chinese quality inspections last year, according to food safety authorities.

China direct

Shanghai prepares for launch of wide-ranging food safety platform

China’s commercial capital will soon use an “exhaustive food safety management platform” to monitor the activities of its food businesses.

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