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Food safety

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.

Insight

Human rights due diligence is part of the cost of business in SE Asia

Recently, it seems that not a week goes by without a lead story in the English-language press raising serious concerns about the adverse impact of some food and beverage companies...

New Zealand

Being obese could make breast cancer treatment less effective

A patient's obesity may negatively affect a common drug that is used as part of the treatment to fight breast cancer in post-menopausal women.

Tea Board of India attacks ‘sensational’ Greenpeace wording in pesticide row

The Tea Board of India has attacked Greenpeace for ‘sensational’ wording in a report claiming teas sold by the likes of Unilever and TATA Global Beverages contain illegal pesticide residues.

Tata Global Beverages: Greenpeace pesticide study ‘confirms tea brands safe to drink’

Hindustan Unilever India and Tata Global Beverages insist their teas comply with legal standards and are safe to drink after Greenpeace said it found illegal pesticide traces in popular Indian...

China

Heinz recalls batches of infant cereal found to contain excess lead

Heinz's China operation has recalled four batches of one of its infant food lines after local food safety regulators said they had found “excessive amounts of lead” during an inspection. ...

News in brief

Nestlé Philippines recalls infant formula over absent fatty acids

Nestlé has recalled a batch of NAN brand infant formula in the Philippines after internal tests discovered products did not contain fatty acids specified on the label.

Chr. Hansen wins landmark probiotics health claim in South Korea

Bioscience company Chr. Hansen’s Urex product has become the first probiotic to win an approved health claim in South Korea.

New Zealand

Study: Kiwi kids’ magazines to blame for promoting unhealthy food

Popular children’s magazines are contributing to unhealthy food marketing to children and adolescents, according to research from the University of Auckland.

Seoul National University signs food safety MOU

Seoul National University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a US food science centre around food safety.

China's proposed food safety overhaul lacks clarity and detail, NPA says

China’s proposed changes in its food safety regulations, which also govern dietary supplements, are long on aspiration and short on specifics. That’s the opinion expressed by the Natural Products Association...

Opinion

Should Hindus have their own religious nutritional standard?

If Muslims can have halal-certified food, and Jews can look for the kosher “K” mark, why shouldn’t Hindus have their own system of certification?

Dishonor roll: India and China are the world’s worst food safety violators

A rundown of the number of food safety violators around the globe finds India and China are the countries with the highest number of offenses.

DSM Q2 nutrition profits slip 11% as key markets struggle

Sales slipped 6% and net profits 11% in Q2 for DSM’s human and animal nutrition arm as adverse currency movements, a slow US vitamins and omega-3 food supplements market and...

India

Rampant poultry antibiotics use leading to greater bacteria resistance

The use of antibiotics in the poultry industry might largely be behind the growing number of Indians developing resistance to antibiotics, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has claimed...

Breast is best: Punjab gov sets new infant formula labelling rules

Labelling of infant formula sold in the Pakistani department of Punjab must now include the warning “mother’s milk is the best food for your baby and helps in preventing diarrhoea and...

India-Australia

Hindus outraged by beef and alcohol use in Heinz juice manufacturing

A prominent Hindu leader has demanded an apology from Heinz Australia, which he claims concealed the use of alcohol and beef-derived gelatine in the production of some of its juice...

News in brief

NZ opens up infant formula specifications for discussion

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has called on the food industry and interested parties to provide feedback on its proposed specifications for the manufacturing of infant formula.

News in brief

More emphasis on microbes required in food safety

Current concepts regarding food safety and security may be inadequate to fully address what is an increasingly complex issue, according to a Lincoln University scientist.

China

US-China collaboration will have ‘significant impact’ on food safety

A Californian college has joined with one of China’s leading agricultural universities in the first step to establishing a Sino-US food safety research centre.

Australia

Researchers develop new system to test for mercury in water

A new ultra-sensitive, low-cost and portable system for detecting mercury in environmental water has been developed by researchers in Adelaide.

China

Shanghai municipal chief urges greater protection for whistleblowers

Journalists and whistleblowers should be given more protection as they expose food safety scandals, Shanghai’s chief official told a municipal meeting in the wake of last week’s expired meat scandal...

China

General manager and quality control boss arrested in Husi scandal

One of the five employees arrested in China’s latest food-safety scandal has been named as the general manager of the US-owned Shanghai Husi Foods operation, while another is the head...

China

Scandal-hit CEO brands own company's practices ‘unacceptable'

The chief executive of OSI Group, the American owner of the meat processor under investigation by Chinese authorities for supplying expired meat to international fast-food chains including McDonald’s and KFC,...

High-salt diet could double threat of heart disease in people with diabetes: Study

People with type 2 diabetes who eat a diet high in salt may face twice the risk of developing cardiovascular disease as those who consume less sodium, according to new research.

Job cuts proposed at botulism scare impacted Fonterra Canpac plant

Fonterra has acknowledged that proposed job losses at its under-capacity Canpac packing plant can be attributed in part to last year's whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare.

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