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Fonterra blames 'human error' for US cheese export license loss

New Zealand dairy cooperative Fonterra has admitted "human error" cost it a multi-million dollar license to export cheese to the US.

Mead Johnson 'can't predict how or when' SEC China infant formula probe will end

Mead Johnson Nutrition cannot foresee "how or when" the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will conclude its investigation into the promotional practices of its Chinese infant formula business....

Briefing

Hemp lobby dashed after ministers block call for its use in nutrition

Australia and New Zealand’s health and food lawmakers do not appear to be backing down in their opposition to the use of low-THC hemp as a food following a meeting...

News in brief

Senior official defends China’s agriculture’s ‘safety guarantee’

China's agricultural products are generally safe and reliable, China’s chief agricultural economist has stated.

Australia

Researchers ‘astounded’ by results of probiotic peanut allergy study

A probiotic could hold the key to treating peanut allergies in children, researchers in Melbourne have found.

First EU edible insect food safety guide published

Food safety guidelines for insects destined for human consumption have been created for the first time in response to their likelihood of becoming widely consumed in Europe.

China

Bird flu season becoming a serious concern for Chinese authorities

A series of human infections from bird flu this year, alongside a spate of import bans, illustrates the acute fear among Chinese officials over the threat posed by live poultry...

Australia

Omega-3 capsule concentration is mostly mislabelled, say researchers

Most of New Zealand’s omega-3 fish oil capsules have less fatty acid that the level shown on the label, scientists have found. 

China

Smog blamed on smoking bacon, city bans practice ahead of new year

The culinary practice of smoking bacon, a traditional method of preserving pork, has been banned in the Chinese city of Chongqing after being blamed for much of its noxious air.

Could the future of type-2 diabetes treatment be prescription diets?

In the future doctors could prescribe low calorie diets to reverse type-2 diabetes, not tablets and surgery, according to one scientist conducting a 5-year study on such a strategy.

Australia

Poll: Public angry at gov't and industry’s approach to healthier food

Two-thirds of Australians believe that the food industry has more say than the government over food regulation, while eight out of 10 believe the health star rating should me mandatory...

China

Death for man who sold 19k tonnes of slaughtered cattle waste as lard

A man who sold thousands of tonnes of cooking oil made from the waste of slaughtered cattle has been given the death penalty and fined RMB340m (US$56m) by a court...

Consultation on proposed updates runs until 20 February

MPI looks at upping food safety fees

Feedback on changes to fees around food safety and biosecurity, including some increases, is wanted by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Japan

Hong Kong bans some Japanese poultry imports after H5N7 is detected

Hong Kong has banned the import of poultry from some regions of Japan, Israel and Nigeria following the announcement of H5 avian influenza outbreaks there.

Research

Anti-cholesterol drugs can 'safely' benefit female cardio disease

Women without any history of cardiovascular disease can reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke after an Australian study finally proved “conclusively” that cholesterol-busting statin treatment works for both...

India

Pesticide lobby slams FSSAI for allowing outlandish organic claims

India’s food industry watchdog has been criticised for allowing organic food to be sold in India through “deceptive and false claims”. Some products, according to the Crop Care Federation, which...

China bans all US poultry imports after west coast bird flu outbreak

Chinese authorities have announced a ban on all imports of US poultry and egg products, including processed and unprocessed products and breeding stock, after the detection of avian flu in...

Australia

Caffeine found to boost soft drinks consumption, industry slams study

Australian researchers have called for tighter regulation of caffeine after it was found that the addition of the chemical in soft drinks increases their consumption.

Midamar manager admits faking Halal shipment info

A former manager at US meat producer Midamar has pleaded guilty to faking certificates on meat sold as Halal, and admitted using Kosher beef in place of Halal meat, in...

India

Drug trial compensation increased though still not enough, say experts

While India plans to increase compensation payments to volunteers who suffer disability from clinical trials, some experts have criticised the new regime for not going far enough.

Japan

Consumer confidence rocked again following insect finding in baby food

Japan’s novus annus horribilis continues following the recall of more than 120,000 pouches of baby food after a consumer found an insect in one package.

News in brief

More than 100 sickened from Salmonella

An investigation has been launched in Queensland to find the source of an outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened more than 100 people.

Japan

Trouble for McDonald’s after vinyl and tooth were found in orders

McDonald’s Japan’s recent woes are continuing into the New Year after objects including a piece of plastic and a human tooth were found by consumers in its food this week....

Review of the year

Asia-Pacific in 2014: A year of scandals, soul searching and success

The last 12 months have been turbulent for much of Asia-Pacific's food industry, with regulations, legislation, markets and partnerships continuing to develop in the latest step in the region's economic...

News in brief

USP talks food fraud with Chinese Ministry of Agriculture

US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) laboratories has held a workshop with scientists from the China’s Ministry of Agriculture to highlight efforts on risk assessment and food quality.

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