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Qatar could see ‘sin tax’ once VAT is introduced

Qatar could see the introduction of “sin taxes” as the government seeks new ways to fund spending over the next three years, according to a ministerial report.

Gulf multinationals commit to phase out trans fats by 2019

Several Gulf-based global food and beverage companies have have embraced a commitment to phase-out trans-fat in their Middle East products.

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FSSAI increases scientific panels as charm offensive continues

India’s food regulator has increased the number of scientific panels that inform it, and boosted the frequency of their meetings in the wake of the Maggi instant noodles controversy that...

UK criminalises infant formula marketing offences

The UK government has introduced legislation that would make a company’s failure to fall in line with EU infant formula and baby food marketing laws a criminal offence subject to...

Thousands of chickens killed in Iraq bird flu virus

More than half a million birds have died thanks to a highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza strain that has torn through Baghdad and Wasit in Iraq. 

Taiwan reviews safety of two flour additives

Taiwan’s food safety authorities are evaluating whether regulations governing the use of two additives to flour products should be amended.

China’s delivery platforms get new food safety regulations

Food sold online will be governed from October by new food safety regulations that will bring strict penalties for violators, the China Food and Drug Administration has announced.

Rat study finds rancid fish oil deadly, but humans shouldn't worry

A third of the offspring of rats fed with high doses of oxidised fish oil during pregnancy did not survive beyond two days, a New Zealand-authored study has found, prompting...

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Formula scandal sends Fonterra’s Beingmate into the red

Fonterra's Chinese business partner has seen healthy expected profits turn into substantial anticipated losses for the first-quarter of the financial year after a milk powder scandal.

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Sanitising system can improve food safety and quality - De Nora

De Nora has said its onsite sanitising system can help raise food safety standards in Asia.

Analysis finds no safety concerns for calcium supplements and heart health

There are “no compelling associations” between calcium supplementat use and increased risks of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, says a new study.

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French and Korean agencies to work together

Agencies in France and Korea have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a focus on food safety.

Garlic consumption affects breast milk, says study

Eating garlic can lead to a garlic smell and the presence of garlic-derived compounds in breast milk, but transmission is more complex than previously thought, according to a new study.

This week Down Under

Study: Obese fathers pass on metabolic health to next two generations

A father’s metabolic health can be passed from generation to generation, affecting not only his children but also his grandchildren, Sydney scientists suspect.

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FSSAI’s emphasis has shifted over decade since Food Standards Act

A senior food official has called on all stakeholders to embrace a “shared responsibility” for food safety by participating in the development of food standards.

CFSI poised for food safety advances - GFSI

The annual GFSI China Focus Day had ‘unprecedented’ support from government and engagement from the private sector, according to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

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Food safety MOU starts first Food Integrity Conference

Chinese representatives from Foshan city have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on food safety with the Asia Pacific Centre for Food Integrity (APCFI).

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Codex involvement will help represent different Asian needs - FIA

Food Industry Asia (FIA) has been granted observer status by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex).

One in four Hong Kong diabetics will develop heart or kidney failure

Diabetic Hongkongers should pay more attention to how they control blood glucose levels after research found that one in four diabetics in the SAR will develop severe complications, including heart...

This week Down Under

Traditional technique is hands-down best way to measure portions

Australian researchers have developed a portable and easy-to-use method to help people estimate portion size using only their hands.

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India is one of our fastest growing countries - BRC Global Standards

BRC Global Standards has expanded in India to encourage and support growth in the country.

Fish oil intake in pregnancy doesn't reduce childhood obesity risk

Omega-3 supplementation during pregnancy offers no protection for the offspring against obesity during the child’s first year of life, a study has hypothesised. 

China's pork industry grapples with pollution crisis

Genetics and nutrition companies look set to benefit from a Chinese crackdown on pollution from the livestock sector, after critics claim slurry is contaminating water supplies.

New Australian country-of-origin labelling 'doesn’t go far enough'

Australia’s new country-of-origin food labels are a good start, though there is plenty of scope to go even further, according to a leading food systems specialist.   

GFSI and UNIDO to help improve food safety in China, South East Asia and Africa

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) around food safety.

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