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India’s pulse exemption allows Canada to avoid penalties

India has again extended Canada’s exemption on pulse fumigation regulations.

UAE officials move to ban health risk 'fake herbal supplements'

Health officials in the United Arab Emirates have moved to clamp down on 11 'dangerous' supplements, which they say pose a serious health risk to the public.

South Asia radius

Draft organic regulations sent for public consultation

Food regulator FSSAI has come out with a draft regulation to ensure that products advertised as organic actually conform to organic standards.

Shanghai commences amnesty for unlicensed food businesses

China’s commercial capital has offered an amnesty to unlicensed food operators that will allow them to operate legally if they register their businesses with local authorities over the next month....

Chinese authorities investigate dumped pork

Worries over cold chain integrity and food safety in the imported meat business have arisen in China, where authorities are seeking to trace the origins of a shipment of Danish...

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Saudi Arabia bans Belgian poultry meat

Saudi Arabia has banned the import of poultry meat and eggs from Belgium following an outbreak of avian influenza.

'Nano scare': Scientists blast Friends of the Earth for 'facile' infant formula claims

Reports that some infant formula products on sale in Australia and New Zealand contain potentially 'dangerous' nanoscale particles have been dismissed by regulators and scientists — with one branding it blatant 'scaremongering'....

Study: China could improve traceability by focusing on six principles

A team of international researchers has called on Beijing to give more teeth to how traceability laws are implemented in China. 

China direct

Tip-offs give boost to Shanghai’s food-safety drive

Whistleblowers in Shanghai provided tips and information to uncover 50 alleged food safety violations in the first-quarter of this year.

Australia-New Zealand

Fsanz consults public on residue limits for chemicals

The antipodean food regulator has put a proposal to amend maximum residue limits for some agricultural and veterinary chemicals out to public consultation.

Australia

Study: Over half of kid’s foods feature cartoons to market to children

Research by healthy foods campaigners has found that over half of supermarket products marketed to children contain high levels of saturated fat, sugars, sodium.

Research: Aussie sugar tax 'would not punish the poor’

A major criticism of the public health lobby’s proposed sugar sweetened beverage tax—that it would unfairly punish the poor and disadvantaged—may have been debunked by research from Deakin University’s Global...

China direct

Alibaba snares two US manufacturers in bid to attract more imports

Chinese online retail giant Alibaba has announced a deal with Driscoll’s and Chicken of the Sea to bring American foods to the world’s largest consumer market. 

Philippines

Salt tax proposal draws anger from lawmakers and consumer groups

A bill to impose a tax on the salt content of processed foods has been criticised by Filipino politicians and consumer groups, who accuse it of being a stealthy means...

Pakistan officials to crack down on online sales from home kitchens

Food officials in Punjab have finally drawn up rules to govern the safety of “home-cooked food” sold online and through social media.

Stevia toxicity: New tests support high dose functional food and supplement use beyond sweetness

The ethanolic extract from stevia rebaudiana bertoni has been claimed to be safe for human consumption at 300 times the recommended daily dose, opening up considerable functional food and nutraceutical...

EU and China collaborate to combat food fraud

More than 30 partners are part of a project to tackle food safety and authenticity across Europe and China.

South Asia radius

FSSAI: Guidelines for GMO labelling on their way

India’s food regulator intends to make it compulsory for manufacturers to disclose details of GM ingredients in their foods.

Australia

Study calls for health star ratings to be shown in fast-food chains

Health star ratings (HSR) should be extended to cover fast food restaurants across Australia, according to a new report by the George Institute for Global Health. 

HK tests find most processed meats contain excessive sodium

Hong Kong’s shopper watchdog has warned of high sodium levels in certain processed meats.

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NZ Companies urged to register soon ahead of new Food Act arrival

Companies required to be registered under the new Food Act must do so by the end of this month or otherwise face fines for non-compliance, the New Zealand Food and...

China rolls out meat safety rule

The state agency overseeing China’s Food Safety Law is requiring all regions to establish a “standardised safe meat supermarket” – a designation which retailers can apply for but will become...

India to introduce food-safety officials in all foodservice premises

India’s food regulator has made it mandatory for hotels and restaurants to employ at least one member of staff trained in food safety, who will check for food adulteration.

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Eggs suspected as Salmonella infections increase

There have been more than 700 Salmonella cases up to the end of April, according to the Western Australia Health Department.

Hong Kong mulls adulteration code changes after 30 years

For the first time in more than three decades, Hong Kong food authorities have opened up a proposed amendment to its food adulteration code to public consultation.

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