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Vietnam targets food poisoning reduction as a priority in 2016

Food safety officials in Vietnam have highlighted the prevention of food poisoning outbreaks among its priorities for 2016. 

Philippines and New Zealand establish food safety pact

The Philippines has signed an agreement with New Zealand to strengthen co-operation in food safety between the countries.

Product recall in Western Australia

Lion Dairy & Drinks and Coles are undertaking a recall of a number of products manufactured on Saturday 23 January 2016 at Lion’s Bentley dairy site in Western Australia as...

India

Pune bans unhealthy snack foods from school system

Pune’s education authority has banned food high in fat, salt and sugar in public school canteens with immediate effect.

44.9% of food samples fail Lucknow safety tests

Almost 45% of the 289 samples collected by the Food Safety and Drugs Administration laboratory in Lucknow failed food safety testing in the final nine months of 2015.

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Authorities investigate illegal use of poppy seeds by restaurants

Dozens of restaurants have been investigated for the addition of poppy capsules and other illegal ingredients to food following a nationwide sting by China’s food safety regulator.

NSF International widens NZ and Aus offering with acquisition

NSF International has made an acquisition to expand food safety and quality services to a wider New Zealand and Australian food manufacturer and retail market.

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Fruzio: ‘We know that we have to rebuild your trust in the brand’

Fruzio Mixed Berries implicated in five cases of Hepatitis A are back on sale after product testing failed to find the virus.

China direct

Shanghai officials trial new ‘instant testing system’ for adulteration

A pilot programme to weed out the presence of illegal additives is being carried out in Shanghai by food safety officials.

Poultry imports blocked by Saudi and South Korea

South Korea has banned imports of US poultry, while Saudi Arabia has embargoed French poultry as pathogenic strains of avian influenza beset the US and France. 

Australia

Fsanz seeks submissions on GM corn and irradiated food labelling

The antipodean food regulator has called for opinions on a genetically modified corn line and released a consultation paper on the existing labelling requirements for irradiated foods.

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Research council: Labels don’t inform Indians of what they are eating

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has called for stricter regulations to be applied to the labelling of packaged food in a bid to prevent non-communicable diseases that account...

The sugar tax conundrum currently playing out in Asian markets

With various emerging Asian markets now considering legislation or tighter regulation of sugar in soft drinks, one of the key issues of the regional beverage industry in 2016 might well...

China's options to tackle stock shortages caused by bird flu in Europe

Trade bans following recent bird flu outbreaks in France will not just affect China’s white bird breeding stock imports over the coming months, but also the global market structure. ...

China direct

Are China’s food woes caused by its wretched environment?

China’s worsening environmental problems have garnered massive attention from the international community (writes Paul O’Brien of Chemlinked). 

China direct

Parents can pass junk food-related disorders on to kids, study finds

One junk food-eating generation can pass on the metabolic disorders it gains from an unhealthy diet to the next, researchers have found in a study that bucks Darwinian convention.

Bird flu virus claims Chinese woman's life

A woman from the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has died after she became infected with the deadly H5N6 bird flu strain, Hong Kong’s Health Department has said. ...

Philippines could see nutrition labelling after Bill submission

A law has been tabled in the Philippines that will require food manufacturers to label their products with nutrition information.

Food poisoning cases soar as 650 Vietnamese workers are hospitalised

Hundreds of factory workers have been hospitalised in the latest incident in Vietnam of mass food poisoning caused by eating at a staff canteen.

Is food marketed as healthy inadvertently fuelling obesity?

People tend to overeat food marketed as healthy because they assume it is less filling but food companies can counter this by portraying food as 'nourishing' or 'wholesome' instead, researchers...

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FSSAI could waive approval requirement for pre-cleared ingredients

India’s food regulator may end the practice of requiring manufacturers to gain approvals for products that have been deemed safe elsewhere, according to media reports.

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Indian food ministry weighs up changes to ‘Best before’ labelling

“Best before” could be replaced with “Expiry date” on food labels as the traditional marking has no relevant meaning, India’s food and consumer affairs minister has said.

China sets out to streamline co-operation between food-safety agencies

China has announced new procedures which its hopes will ease co-operation and reduce confusion between the multitude of agencies in the country responsible for food safety.

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Poison blackmail response should prompt confidence in Kiwi food safety

Consumers in New Zealand and abroad should take confidence in the way a criminal blackmail threat to contaminate infant formula with a pesticide was handled, the country’s food ministry has...

New Zealand to ensure future dairy food safety capability through new initiatives

A New Zealand report has set out a series of actions to ensure the dairy industry's future food safety capability, building on the 'good shape' of the sector in 2015.

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