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Shanghai city-wide food safety hotline gets 300k calls in four years

A Shanghai hotline that allows members of the public to lodge complains about the food they buy has received around 300,000 calls since it was set up four years ago.

China direct

Chaotic distribution system provides fertile ground for fake formula

Chaotic sales channels are to blame for Chinese counterfeiting scandals such as the recent case involving 22,600 cans of fake milk powder produced and sold under the brands of US...

Inner Mongolia Tianmu Group invests in beef production

A Chinese food processor is bulking up its beef output with a RMB450 million investment to breed 50,000 cattle. 

This week Down Under

Anti-smoking drugs found to be effective for kicking the sugar habit

In the world’s first study of its kind, researchers at the Queensland University of Technology believe that anti-smoking drugs could be used reverse a global trend towards excess sugar consumption....

India

E-retailers, including delivery apps, must now comply with food Act

E-commerce food companies will be governed by India’s food regulator and forced to register under the Food Safety and Standards Act, according to the FSSAI in a ruling that will...

South Asia radius

'Celebrities should not be allowed to promote junk foods and drinks'

A ban on celebrities endorsing sugary drinks and junk foods is among the policy moves called for by a Delhi think tank in a bid to reduce India’s diabetes rate,...

Medics: Years of Indian health gains would be wasted without soda tax

An international group of 50 medical professionals has united to call on Indian lawmakers to sign off on a proposed sin tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

China direct

Thousands of cans of Chinese fake formula still unaccounted for

Food safety authorities are scrambling to locate an estimated 3,300 cans of fake infant formula masquerading as popular domestic and international brands after nine people were arrested for their roles...

Low vitamin D levels associated with higher cancer risk, study warns

Lower levels of vitamin D have been linked with a higher risk of cancer, researchers have found.

‘Uncertainty’ for Chinese agri-food exporters due to rejection risk

The risk of rejection at European borders on safety grounds provides an ‘element of uncertainty’ that affects Chinese agri-food exporters, according to an analysis.

This week Down Under

NZ academics push cabinet for sugar tax, industry advocates soft force

More than 70 university academics have demanded that the New Zealand government imposes a “significant tax” on sugary drinks, claiming that the move would improve health in the world’s fourth-most...

Australia’s watchdog plans beef sector dissection

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced plans for a major probe and analysis into competition, efficiency and transparency in the country’s red meat industry.

WHO: Governments responsible for beating diabetes epidemic

The World Health Organisation has called on governments in South Asia to take vigorous and concerted action to “prevent, treat and beat” diabetes, which has reached epidemic proportions and is...

South Asia radius

Regulator issues post-Maggi clarification on MSG stance

The presence of monosodium glutamate from natural sources in noodles and pasta is not illegal under food safety legislation, India’s food regulator has announced in a bid to end confusion...

China direct

Shanghai expands blacklist to incorporate stricter penalties

Food regulators will expand Shanghai’s food and drug blacklist to include individuals and companies that are found to use expired materials in food production, in a move prompted by recent...

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Shock tactics used in latest Thai diabetes awareness campaign

The Diabetes Association of Thailand has taken a shocking approach in its latest awareness campaign by using images of confectionery to create a frightful picture of infections and festering wounds...

Operation Opson V

Interpol-Europol busts dodgy weight loss supplements in massive global fraud fight

A global crack down on food fraud coordinated by Europol and Interpol across 57 nations has captured a South Korean-based racket selling contaminated online weight loss food supplements.

Bangladesh gets new regulator to oversee revised food safety law

Bangladesh’s new food safety regulator will commence operations in April with a brief to prevent the production and sale of adulterated food items, the country’s food minister has announced. ...

South Asia radius

Minister mulls tobacco-style health warnings on food packaging

Packaged foods containing high levels of fat, sugar or salt could be forced to display health warnings similar to those on cigarette packets if a suggestion by India’s consumer affairs...

South Korea hit with bird flu outbreak

Just one month after securing its bird flu-free status, South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed bird flu has been detected near the country’s capital, Seoul. ...

Vietnam: Nor Feed to capitalize on shift away from antibiotic growth promoters

French plant extracts producer, Nor Feed, says its new alliance in Vietnamese will strengthen its presence in Asia.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Malaysia to propose Asean-wide food safety certification

Malaysia intends to push for a common food safety certification system among fellow Asean member states to drive global competitiveness.

China first soil pollution law due in 2017

Having declared war on pollution in 2014, Beijing is hoping to pass China’s first law to govern soil contamination next year to curtail damage caused by decades of industrial growth...

New technique enables fast, accurate measurement of bacteria levels

Chinese-led research has found a fast, accurate and non-invasive technique for monitoring the growth of pathogenic microorganisms that makes it easier to estimate the amount of bacteria within food containers...

China direct

TV sting prompts official investigation into leading food delivery app

China’s most popular food delivery app has found itself at the centre of a television exposé amid claims that its service breaches food safety laws and faces fines pending an...

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