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Man appears in court accused of infant formula poisoning threats

After an 11-month police investigation, a man has appeared in an Auckland court charged with threats he allegedly made to poison infant formula with the controversial 1080 pesticide.

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France and Japan to cooperate on food safety

France and Japan have signed a cooperation agreement around food safety.

Eating insects poses no special risks for humans

Edible insects pose no special risks to human health – when consumed directly or used as stock feed – according to a new risk assessment from the European food safety watchdog.

South Asia radius

Ficci report: One-third of Indian pesticides are dangerous fakes

The use of fake pesticides use may jeopardise India’s status as leading exporter of food grains, fruits and vegetable, Ficci has warned.

Maggi fall-out

Food bodies demand criminal inquiry into ‘corrupt’ FSSAI practices

Industry groups have called for a criminal investigation into the practices of India’s food regulator, it has emerged.

China direct

China enacts ‘toughest food safety law yet’

After months of proposals and briefings, China has now revised its food safety laws for the first time in six years. 

Mars opens center to address food safety risk portfolio

Mars Incorporated has opened a pre-competitive research and training facility in China to address food safety.

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Nestlé Pakistan: Research is one of the first steps towards food safety

Nestlé Pakistan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore.

Huishan Dairy 'taking legal advice' after Chinese milk safety alert withdrawn

Chinese dairy Huishan is "taking legal advice" after the withdrawal of a food safety alert relating to a batch of its fresh milk. 

Far East digest

New policy will wipe out 80% of infant formula produced in China

China’s tough new “one brand, one formulation” policy for its infant formula market will eliminate over 80% of domestic products currently on sale, according to government calculations.

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India bracing for heart disease ‘epidemic’

India’s vice-president has acknowledged that heart disease is “achieving epidemic proportions” in the country, and urged health authorities to join the private sector to take a robust approach in tackling...

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Japan and Portugal sign food safety agreement

Japan and Portugal have signed a memorandum of cooperation to work together on food safety.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Half of Malaysian deaths now due to NCDs

Non-communicable diseases are now responsible for half of all Malaysian deaths each year, according to a senior health official.

China

Food safety violators could face new beefed-up economic restrictions

A tougher food safety law will come into effect in China next month to bring more stringent sanctions for violations, including economic penalties, while defending whistleblowers more stridently.

South Asia radius

Bombay High Court upholds food safety law to ‘remedy evil’

India’s existing food safety laws serve a “pivotal role” in securing public health, Bombay High Court has ruled in a move that gives some rare good news the country’s beleaguered...

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Food Industry Asia signs agreement as part of Global Food Safety Partnership

Food Industry Asia (FIA) will scale-up food safety capacity building in ASEAN and China after signing an agreement with the World Bank for the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP).

New Zealand

WHO obesity report to emphasise role of food education

An impending report on childhood obesity will point to the need for a stronger emphasis on food education in schools, according Sir Peter Gluckman, the New Zealand prime minister’s chief...

This week Down Under

Researchers: Junk food diet leads to brain weaknesses

New research has shown for the first time that the part of the brain used for learning, memory and mental health is smaller in people with unhealthy diets.

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India could have new approvals process by next spring

India’s food regulator intends to have a new product approvals process set up within the next six months. 

Feed sector welcomes FDA guidance on nanoparticles

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) says the FDA’s publication on the future use of nanomaterials in feed is to be commended and will facilitate further research into new technologies....

Novel method detects E.coli in less than 24 hours

A method described as similar to a ‘pregnancy test’ has been developed for detecting contamination of meat products with E.coli O157 in less than 24 hours.

South Asia radius

FSSAI looks to legal firms to form new regulatory guidelines

India’s food regulator has sought legal assistance to devise regulations that will govern product approvals, imports and procedures to issue guidelines. 

China direct

12.5% of beverages failed Chinese inspections in first-half of year

More than one in 10 drinks on sale in China did not meet national standards in the first six months of this year, China’s food regulator has announced.

India

FSSAI to revamp guidelines to include thousands more products

The public will have the best part of a month to offer input into new guidelines for proprietary foods, health supplements and additives as India’s food regulator sets out to...

This week Down Under

Research backs belief that tomatoes can trigger gout

Gout sufferers who maintain that eating tomatoes can cause their condition to flare up will likely welcome new University of Otago research that has, for the first time, found a...

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