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China ramps up inspections of regional food safety authorities

Beijing will send inspectors to provincial governments to review their food safety records as part of a wide-reaching annual assessment of progress.

Dubai to implement smart halal logos to improve traceability

Dubai Municipality has signed an agreement with a Swiss traceability company for a smart inspection solution for food products that will deliver a digital halal logo and a smartphone app.

Australia’s livestock export chief visits Middle East amid black market concerns

Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council chairman Simon Crean has visited the Middle East to iron out welfare and black market concerns worrying Australia during Eid’s bumper trade period.

Popular but illegal: Legal certainty on the horizon for Tongkat ali extract?

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is seeking feedback on a novel food application for Tongkat ali extract, a process which could lift a formal EU ban on the ingredient...

Southeast Asia

Industry lauds success of self-regulated nutrition labelling plan

The Southeast Asian food industry’s efforts to transform food labelling have been lauded by a report that analyses a growing movement to post guideline daily nutrition amounts.

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Hongkongers warned to avoid unhealthy mooncakes

Hong Kong authorities have warned the public against buying mooncakes with high levels of sugar, fat and sodium ahead of the Mid-Autumn festival later this month.

Competition Commission of Pakistan slams meat industry

The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has recommended public-private partnership to run the government slaughterhouses following a critical report into the country’s meat industry. 


Regulator warns of weight-loss supplements containing banned pharma

Australia's medicines regulator has renewed warnings of the dangers of buying weight-loss supplements from unknown overseas websites.

ICT making food safety advances possible - FAO

Advances in information and communication technology (ICT) are leading to improvements in food security and safety in Asia and the Pacific, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)....

Food body slams academics’ editorial on New Zealand’s obesity policy

The food industry has hit out at claims in a leading journal that New Zealand’s childhood obesity plan was flawed and that the government valued corporate profit over public good. ...

Exporters to Jordan forced to cut all partially hydrogenated oils

Companies exporting dairy to Jordan will be forced to cut all partially hydrogenated oils or face a ban on business as the country becomes the latest to bar their use.

China probes Jiangxi-reared pigs after Hong Kong steroid detection

Investigations into the health of pigs exported from Jiangxi are underway after Chinese authorities blocked trade following a warning from Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD). 

Australia-New Zealand

Fsanz calls for opinions on GM potato that produces less acrylamide

The antipodean food regulator has begun public consultation as it reviews whether to allow a potato that has been genetically modified to reduce bruising. 

Saudi named as the world’s third most overweight nation

Saudi Arabia is now recognised as the third most obese nation in the world, while more than one-third of children in the country have been found to be overweight.

Dubai prepares to launch smart halal inspection system

Dubai Municipality will implement a smart track and trace system for halal and other foods in collaboration with Swiss company SICPA. 

Australia boosts livestock disease monitoring systems

Australian government and meat industry agencies are boosting their efforts to increase biosecurity for the country’s critically important livestock sector.


Supermarket toddler meals found to contain a day’s worth of salt

Australian toddlers are consuming their entire recommended daily salt intake in just one meal, a study of supermarket meals has found. 

Thailand: chicken sector to boost standards following abuse claims

Two government departments in Thailand alongside the Thai Broilers Processing Exporters Association (TBA) will improve conditions in the chicken industry, following claims of modern-day slavery.

Benchmark challenge: Australian additive reforms push sector into global thinking

Australia’s feed sector wants to benchmark improvements created by 2015 reforms on additive imports and better engage with the global market, industry heads say.

One in four Hong Kong soy sauces found to contain traces of carcinogen

More than a quarter of soy sauce brands tested by the Hong Kong Consumer Council have been found to contain a possibly carcinogenic compound, while a similar number failed to...

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MPI investigates potential unregulated meat sales

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating an alleged unregulated meat premises.

Dubai officials clear Milka bars social media spreads alcohol rumours

A simple labelling mis-translation gave rise to widespread rumours that an international chocolate brand’s formulation contained alcohol, Dubai authorities have revealed following a probe.

Authorities hunt for contaminated pig meat in Hong Kong

Hong Kong authorities have identified the distribution of pork from contaminated imported pigs, which were sent to more than two-dozen retailers across the city.

Officials swoop on New Zealand man flogging illegal meat

A sting operation to investigate a New Zealand man believed to be selling meat illegally was carried out today by the country’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).


Diabetics should be wary of paleo diet ‘hype’

The Australian Diabetes Society president has said people with type 2 diabetes should be wary of social media hype about the benefits of going on the paleo diet, arguing there...

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