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Contamination crisis

Crisis will harm New Zealand more than Fonterra

With Fonterra’s contamination crisis unlikely to die down soon, the fall-out in China is likely to have more of a lingering impact on New Zealand’s continuing trade with the country...

Contamination crisis

In pics: Questions asked about Fonterra's C. botulinum crisis timeline

As Fonterra battles for its reputation in countries that have received batches of its whey protein concentrate contaminated with the C. botulinum bacterium, it is also facing a fight on...


Coke recalls Minute Maid in China after Fonterra botulism scare

The Coca-Cola Company has recalled a Minute Maid line in China after New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra warned that whey protein used in the drinks could cause potentially fatal botulism.

Contamination crisis

China issues limited Fonterra ban, Russian reports rubbished

Fonterra, the diary major at the centre of the C. botulinum scare concerning several batches of whey protein concentrate used to manufacture Nutricia’s Karicare infact formula, has confirmed that Chinese...

Contamination crisis

China halts import of NZ baby powder following botulinum contamination

Asia-Pacific health ministries are closely following developments following the release of a food safety warning by New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries before the weekend advising of instances of the...

Pasteurisation rival given green light for Indian milk

India’s food standards regulator has approved the use of SurePure’s proprietary liquid photopurification technology as an alternative process to thermal pasteurisation for milk and other dairy products. 

Long road to implementation seen for FDA's new FSMA rules on food imports, audits

New rules released under the Food Safety Modernization Act will push more responsibility onto food importers and third party inspectors in an effort to prevent food borne illnesses at their...

News in brief

FSANZ call on changes to maximum residue limits

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has invited submissions on changes to some Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for agricultural and veterinary chemicals present in food.

Starch scare fallout still lingering in Taiwan

The starch-based food scare that hit the headlines around Southeast Asia last month, is continuing to impact on Taiwan’s food industry, with both chain retailers and individual vendors still suffering...

India's Supreme Court recommends ‘indefinite moratorium’ on GM crops

A technical expert committee set up by India’s Supreme Court, has this week recommended an indefinite moratorium on the field trials of genetically modified crops until the government tables suitable...

Singapore scientist devises water purification system through peels

A PhD candidate at the National University of Singapore has devised a way to purify water using the peels of apples and tomatoes. This is the first time that the...

Aus-NZ food regulator calls for submissions to support GM code change

The statutory agency for Australia and New Zealand has invited submissions on an application to change the countries’ Food Standards Code to allow food derived from a genetically modified soybean....

News in brief

Facebook comment prompts Thai rice probe, lands TV exec in hot water

A Facebook comment by a high-profile TV executive that criticised the safety of a Thai rice brand has escalated to ministerial level and forced the country’s food regulator to carry...

Shanghai's new live poultry regulations aim to prevent H7N9 outbreaks

China’s biggest city will see new live poultry trade standards now that sales have resumed after they were banned due to the H7N9 outbreak.


Heineken ‘absolutely on top’ of fake beer threat after Vietnam gang bust

Heineken insists it is ‘absolutely on top’ of the counterfeiting issues that can appear in emerging markets, after a Vietnamese gang producing fake Tiger and Heineken was busted last week.

Food safety

Chinese regulators finally get tough on infant formula manufacturers

A group of Chinese governmental agencies have united to implement tighter controls on domestic companies that manufacture infant formula.

News in brief

China’s VP calls for greater public-private food safety partnership

China’s vice-premier, Wang Yang, has called for public and civic groups to unite as a means to supervise food safety. 

Health research

Study links red meat consumption to heightened diabetes risk

Researchers in Singapore have identified that eating high quantities of red meat over a period of time can increase the risk of type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).

China finally looking to act on cadmium rice scandal

China's Ministry of Land and Resources has announced plans to conduct a survey across the country to assess pollution levels as a means to ascertain the reasons behind excessive cadmium...

Food safety

China to restructure dairy industry, target formula standards

China's cabinet has announced detailed plans to improve the quality of domestic baby milk powder in a bid to stamp out the constant food safety fears that have plagued the...

Food safety

Delhi told to get tough after high pesticide levels found in produce

A government panel has called for stringent checks for pesticides in fruit and vegetables brought into Delhi after discovering that most of the produce it tested contained dangerous chemical residues.


Sino-US pork deal is destined to bring home the bacon for both sides

While it is expected that the Shuanghui takeover of Smithfield Foods will take place once it is rubber-stamped by American authorities, the union will hardly be blessed in the US.

News in brief

Hong Kong recalls Australian low-fat milk over excessive bacterial count

The Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has ordered the recall of an Australian low-fat milk product after routine tests found a bacterial count exceeding the legal limit.

Food safety

Bubble tea brands banned by Singapore for unapproved chemical content

Singapore food inspection authorities have withdrawn 11 starch-based products from Taiwan - mostly tapioca starch balls used in bubble tea - from sale after finding they contained amounts of an...

Food safety

Chinese premier tells agencies to get tougher on food crime

China’s authorities need use all their resources to monitor the food market more closely and impose harsher penalties if the country is to bounce back from a spate of food...

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