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Apac leads world diabetes league, Singapore second in developed world

Asia-Pacific is home to the country with the world’s highest rate of diabetes and also one of the lowest, the annual International Diabetes Foundation “Atlas” reveals.

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Raw apricot kernels banned due to cyanide poisoning risk

Regulators have banned retail sales of raw apricot kernels after changes to its food standards code have come into effect.

Kiwi university finds lightning fast way to test for leeching DEHP

Massey University engineers have developed a highly sensitive device that is able to detect synthetic compounds that leach from plastic packaging into food. 

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20% of Indian food samples either adulterated or misbranded in 2015

Roughly one-fifth of all food samples tested by public laboratories were found to be “adulterated and misbranded”, according to data released by India’s food regulator.

India’s ‘inconsistent’ regulator deals blow to food manufacturers

India’s food processing industry is facing an “inconsistent and restrictive regulatory environment”, according to the minister that represents it, prompting the government to implement measures to ease product approval regulations....

Fruzio frozen berries recalled in Hepatitis A investigation

FSL Foods has recalled frozen berries imported from China as part of the investigation into four Hepatitis A cases in New Zealand.

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Taiwan outlaws trans fats over three years

Taiwan’s lawmakers have banned artificial trans fats in processed foods, with violators facing fines of up to NT$3m (US$92,000).

Far East digest

Taiwan court’s decision to clear ‘tainted oil’ chief provokes backlash

A not guilty decision by a district court in the trial of the heads of a food giant embroiled in a tainted oil scandal has prompted a boycott of Ting...

Sugary beverages rise in low and middle income countries, fall in high-income regions

While sugar-sweetened beverages have seen a decrease in popularity in regions such as North America and Western Europe, they are on the rise in most low- and middle-income countries. But...

WHO: One in 10 hit by foodborne illness each year

Each year as many as 600 million, or almost one in 10 people in the world, fall ill after consuming contaminated food, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Indonesia mulls sugar tax while Filipino farmers make voices heard

With the Philippines preparing legislation to introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks, neighbouring Indonesia could now follow suit after officials began a study into the policy.

Sugar-free drinks just as harmful to tooth enamel, study finds

Melbourne researchers believe that sugar-free drinks and sweets may still provoke tooth decay after a number of samples they tested were found to contain additives and pH levels that would...

UPDATED with MPI response

New Zealand Hepatitis A cases linked to frozen berries

Imported frozen berries have been implicated after reports of four cases of Hepatitis A, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Filipino lawmakers voice support for soda tax bill

Support for a Philippines tax on sugary soft drinks to boost government coffers and rein in an increase in lifestyle is growing as legislation passes through parliament.

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Named chains among those found to be selling unsafe sweets in Delhi

Large chains were among the retailers found to be selling substandard sweets after a Delhi raid found that at least 16% of products it tested did not conform to regulations.

India

Mis-stating sodium content is commonplace, claims researcher

The level of sodium stated on a label is likely to be lower than the actual content when analysed in a lab, a researcher has claimed.

China direct

One-third of China’s elderly are obese, yet malnutrition still a worry

An alarming number of China’s elderly have been found to suffer from weight-related conditions following a study that covered six provinces in the country.

HK supermarket leads unhealthy food promotion in international study

A Hong Kong supermarket has been named as the worst offender in promoting unhealthy foods in an analysis by Australian obesity prevention researchers that covered 12 countries.

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One-third of Hong Kong’s foodservice drinks have excess sugar levels

A consumer watchdog has called on the foodservice industry to do more to tackle sugar consumption after a study found that one-third of the drinks served in Hong Kong outlets...

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All Taipei hypermarkets found to have lax stock expiry practices

More than a dozen Taipei hypermarket outlets will be fined for their failure to declare their disposal methods for expired produce, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection has announced.

Soapbox - Guest column

Is complementary medicine shackled by a nanny state?

There is still an Australian self-view involving reckless abandon, a laissez-faire approach to rules and an attitude toward life that involves doing what we want, when we want. Ours is...

Adulteration screening project inspired Milk Fingerprinting development: Fonterra

Fonterra's work with FOSS and Arla Foods on a method to screen for adulterants served as a foundation for the development of its award-winning Milk Fingerprinting technology. 

South Asia Radius

FSSAI returns to court in bid to reinstate Maggi ban

In the latest twist in the long-drawn-out Maggi noodle saga, India’s food regulator has petitioned the Supreme Court to quash an earlier ruling to lift a ban on the popular...

FSSAI returns to court in bid to reinstate Maggi ban

In the latest twist in the long-drawn-out Maggi noodle saga, India’s food regulator has petitioned the Supreme Court to quash an earlier ruling to lift a ban on the popular...

dispatches from RAFA 2015, Prague

FAO and IAEA set out food safety challenges for developing countries

A workshop on food safety for developing countries including capacity building guidance has been held by the FAO and IAEA at the RAFA symposium in Prague.

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