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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.

Australia

Three-quarters of deli meat in Adelaide would fail to meet standards

Hygienic food handling and standard food safety protocols are not being practiced at many of Adelaide’s supermarket delicatessens, according to a University of Adelaide study.

New Zealand

New food bill places new emphasis flexibility and low compliance costs

New Zealand’s lawmakers have signed off on a new bill that that rewrites the country’s food safety regulations.

Comment

China is missing a trick by regulating midsize firms out of the market

Pacing through the hall of last week’s Fi Asia-Vietnam trade show in Saigon, something seemed very different. 

Pork DNA found in two halal Cadbury Malaysia chocolate batches

Cadbury Malaysia, part of Mondelez International Inc, has recalled two batches of halal chocolate which tested positive for traces of pork DNA.

New Zealand

Study finding water fluoridation does not lower IQ sparks fierce row

Adding fluoride to water does not lower one’s IQ, according to controversial new research from Otago University in New Zealand.

Australia

Scientists link poor pre-pregnancy diet with premature birth

Women trying to become pregnant should avoid junk food after scientists discovered the link between poor diet and an increased risk of giving birth prematurely. 

Australia

Green group calls for ban on nanomaterials

An environmental group in Australia has warned against the increasing use of nanomaterials in the food chain, calling for a ban on them until the further research on their safety...

EFSA gives Monsanto the green light on SDA-rich GM soy

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has delivered a positive scientific opinion on Monsanto’s MON 87769 soybean crop, which has been genetically modified to contain stearidonic acid.

Australia

10% of babies expected to develop food allergies in first year

One in 10 Australian babies will develop a food allergy by their first birthday, medical experts and health groups said while calling on the Australian government to recognise food allergy...

Detecting Listeria with MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry

Listeria monocytogenes can be detected from selective enrichment broths using MALDI–TOF mass spectrometry, according to a study.

Special edition: Organic & non-GMO

The biggest fallacy about GMOs is that we need them to feed the world: WFP

For a growing global population facing dwindling resources, non-GMO plant-based proteins are the future, says 29-year-old non-GMO and organic soybean and corn supplier World Food Processing (WFP).

News in brief

Denmark and China sign food safety MOU

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) have signed a memorandum of understanding around food safety.

China slaps temporary ban on British cheese imports

China has slapped a temporary ban on the import of British cheese after health officials from the country identified several hygiene issues at a single UK dairy.

Oz acrylamide, aluminium levels safe yet still 'potentially harmful'

Food Standards Australia New Zealand, the Australasian regulator, has said that consumers’ exposure to acrylamide and aluminium through their diets is within international guidelines, even if these levels are still...

Heavy metals from China's farmland put consumers in Australia at risk

The risk of consuming harmful heavy metals by eating produce from China’s heavily polluted farmland is now so great that one Australian industry body has warned a parliamentary inquiry due...

Analysis

Aus and NZ must have guts to nuke alien invaders

Isolated from the rest of the world, New Zealand and Australia are critically at risk from alien invaders of the most threatening kind: biological pests from overseas that prey on...

Sydney oysters found to act as sensitive contamination indicators

Sydney rock oysters could have a role as biomonitors of the health of waterways, acting as sensitive indicators of harmful levels of contaminants in water and sediments.

News in brief

DPHP found in tubed drinking glasses

Drinking straws shaped as glasses have been recalled in more than 20 countries including Ireland because Di(2-Propyl Heptyl) phthalate (DPHP) was detected.

Pollution

China in a battle to save its farmland

Mainland China has a nation-threatening soil pollution problem, with areas equivalent to double the size of Spain covered in polluted soil, a government survey has revealed.

FSANZ toughens stance on cyanide harm from apricot kernels

Food Standards Australia New Zealand, the industry regulator in the Antipodes, has strengthened its cautionary stance on raw apricot kernels following findings showing that eating the seeds could pose a...

Fake duck blood investigation leads to more Chinese consumer anger

The exposure by a Chinese newspaper of a family-run business that has been selling fake duck blood laced with artificial additives has brought about a fresh wave of concern among...

Key Insights from Food Vision

Food Vision 2014: Bridge knowledge gaps, overcome change and work sustainably

What is the future of food? Simple communication of complex advances will be crucial, as well as picking up the pace amid a global population boom to feed the world...

Fonterra fined NZ$300k for WPC food safety failings

Fonterra has been fined NZ$300,000 (US$256k, €187k) by a New Zealand court after admitting four food safety violations relating to last year's whey protein concentrate (WPC) recall.

Fonterra budgets NZ$11m for Danone WPC recall lawsuit

Fonterra has budgeted for a payout of just NZ$11m ($9.5m, €6.85m) in its ongoing legal battle with Danone over last year’s whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare.

Doctors fear drop in breastfeeding if formula firms policed themselves

Fearful of a drop in breastfeeding rates now that the Australian government has scrapped an independent panel that overseas on the proper use of breast milk substitutes, doctors are calling...

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