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AgResearch 'recommended further testing' of recalled Fonterra WPC

New Zealand research organisation AgResearch has moved to distance itself from Fonterra's decision to recall three batches of whey protein concentrate (WPC), rubbishing claims that it "confirmed the presence" of Clostridium...

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Chr Hansen: While EU regulations are tough, Asia's are a minefield

On a day when its headquarters in Copenhagen announced a significant overhaul of a number of its core businesses, Chr Hansen’s vice-president of health and nutrition sales highlighted the regulatory...

Australia’s health department trains guns on caffeinated energy drinks

Australia’s Federal Department of Health has released a new discussion paper aimed at the regulation and availability of caffeinated energy drinks in Australia and New Zealand. 

Fonterra, NZ, Sri Lanka meet to resolve DCD protest issues

Fonterra, New Zealand and the Sri Lankan government have met to “discuss progress in resolving” the recent issues that led to the closure of all Fonterra Brands Lanka faculties last month....

Stora Enso speaks out about Chennai Mill failings

Stora Enso has welcomed report findings by Finnish NGO Finnwatch and Swedish NGO Swedwatch on the responsibility practices of its Chennai Mill in India.

Danone reviewing Fonterra WPC botulism false alarm ‘compensation options’

Danone is reviewing its “recourse and compensation options” in relation to the Fonterra whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism alert that led it to pull potentially-affected infant formula products from shelves in eight...

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15 dead, 26 injured from Shanghai seafood plant ammonia leakage

An ammonia leak over the weekend at a Shanghai seafood refrigeration plant has killed 15 workers and injured 26 others, of which five are critical.

€200m Singapore herb maker defends TCMs amid Chinese contamination busts

The world’s biggest manufacturer of Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCMs) outside of China has defended the quality of the sector as contaminated products continue to raise red flags with regulators in...


Fonterra's problem lies mainly in how it communicates with the Chinese

The longstanding dairy relationship between China and New Zealand ought not to have worked so well, but it has, and will continue to, in spite of two substantial safety scares...

'No plans' to sue Fonterra over false WPC botulism alarm, says Nutricia

Danone-owned Nutricia has rubbished reports that it is considering legal action against Fonterra over the false whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism alarm that led it to recall 67,000 units of...

False alarm is good news, but false positive must be investigated

The news that there was no botulism risk from Fonterra’s batches of whey will come as a huge relief to the company and consumers around world, according to New Zealand...

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Botulism scare was a false alarm, reveals NZ ministry

New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries have confirmed the scare surrounding contaminated whey protein concentrate supplied by dairy giant Fonterra was a false alarm. 

FDA clearly ramping up scrutiny of Indian pharma businesses

With two more warning letters sent by the US drug regulator to Indian companies for violation of acceptable manufacturing practices, America has brought to six the number of India-based drugmaking...

One-third of Chinese faced with excess aluminium consumption

Alum-based baking ingredients are to blame for almost one-third of Chinese people consuming quantities of aluminium above the recommended maximum safe level in their diets, according to new research.

Is GM rice’s future golden?

A recent attack on a GM golden rice trial field in the Philippines has raised questions about the future of the project in the country and beyond.

UK busts more contaminated Chinese herbal medicines; ‘We are fed up’ says industry

The UK has issued yet another contamination warning against Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCMs) claiming to treat conditions like menstrual pain and hair loss – leaving the local industry exasperated at...


Reality of ‘botulism scare’ only understood once it is put in context

Julian Baggini is one of my favourite thinkers, and his entertaining and thought-provoking book, Do They Think You Are Stupid: 100 Ways Of Spotting Spin And Nonsense From The Media,...

'Room for improvement' in NZ dairy safety systems, says regulator

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is considering the provisional implementation of stricter food safety measures in the dairy industry following a recent spate of high-profile product contamination...

Fonterra suspends senior managers over WPC botulism scare

Fonterra has placed two senior managers “on leave” in the midst of an internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the recent Clostridium botulinum whey protein concentrate (WPC) contamination scare....

NZ opposition: We need an independent food safety regulator

New Zealand’s main opposition party has called for a standalone food safety agency in the wake of international bans on New Zealand dairy produce due to recent contamination scares.

India’s regulator issues new draft standards for infant nutrition

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed new standards for infant nutrition, substitute foods, fortified atta (flour) and ingredients as part of a wide overhaul of...

Don’t raise threshold for gluten-free food, says Australian specialist

An Australian specialist has expressed serious concerns about efforts being made by industry bodies to increase the mandated gluten threshold for Australasia’s gluten–free (GF) standard.

Fonterra slams Sri Lankan DCD testing after milk powder recall

Fonterra has challenged the accuracy of Sri Lankan tests for agricultural chemical, dicyandiamide (DCD), after it was ordered to pull two batches of apparently contaminated milk powder from shelves in...

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Listeria tests negative in Hong Kong sampling

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) in Hong Kong has said almost 400 samples of ready-to-eat (RTE) food kept in refrigeration passed listeria monocytogenes testing.

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Spierings claims Chinese ‘appreciated’ Fonterra's response to crisis

The tone of Theo Spierings, chief executive of Fonterra, changed from mea culpa earlier in the week to defiance last night as he assured New Zealanders that Chinese authorities and...

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