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Food safety

High profile food scares have turned the spotlight on food safety in Asia. While new regulations are coming into force, consumers and exporters seek assurances of product safety as contamination can have dire consequences all around the world.

New administration outlines China’s tough food-safety agenda

China’s new administration is continuing to demonstrate its newfound determination to tackle longstanding food-safety problems by issuing a blueprint of measures it plans to take this year.

Beverage safety

Bottled water catfight exposes China’s reliance on muddled standards

Bottled water producer Nongfu Spring has launched an attack on the company it claims is behind allegations that its product contains more chemicals than are allowed in China’s tap water....

Ankush at large

FSANZ standard should be adopted by Asian giants

Health claims in food and beverage products is perhaps the most talked about topic in the entire food production chain outside of GM. In mature markets like the US—and now...

Fruit safety

NZ ministry investigating chemical residue in kiwifruit

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries is working with the kiwifruit industry and the supplier of a range of organically-certified citrus-based products following the unexpected discovery of very low residues...

News in brief

Singapore lifts ban on imports from earthquake-hit Japanese areas

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) lifted a ban imposed after the Fukushima disaster on food imports from seven prefectures in Japan.

Chinese dairy safety concerns 'adversely affected' 2012 results - Mengniu

Chinese dairy giant Mengniu has reported a drop in both revenue and profits for 2012 – a result it has attributed to continuing consumer concern about the quality and safety...

Swiss infant formula recalled in Shanghai over repackaging claims

Swiss infant formula manufacturer, Hero, has moved to dispel concerns about the safety of its Nutradefense brand infant formula in China after authorities in Shanghai ordered retailers to pull it...

Interview: Richard Werran, CEO of Cert ID Europe

India’s elephant beginning to charge towards sustainability

With over 30 years in the food industry, with a third of it spent providing and promoting food safety certification with Cert ID Europe, Richard Werran knows a fair bit...

Natural seasoning can prevent charred-meat carcinogens

A new study has found that natural seasonings like cinnamon, pineapple and green tea can significantly reduce the formation of cancer causing substances in well cooked meats. 

News in brief

China finally establishes centralised food watchdog

China now has a more powerful watchdog in the form of the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). It’s long-touted implementation has finally been realised as a means to address...

Biotech debate

India’s government ‘keen to reach GM consensus'

India’s government is working hard to reach a consensus among scientists, politicians, farmers and consumers to reach a solution on the vexed issue of genetically modified crops, according to the...

Food for thought

India’s GM debate must be fought on science alone

India has hotly debated the use of GM crops both on a societal and political level. The discussion around the issue is at most times primal. Travel tip? You would...

Chinese regulation

New food super-watchdog nearing reality

Anticipation that China will elevate the status of the existing State Food and Drug Administration to an all-encompassing body (SFDA) is mounting following the submission of a report to the...


Formula like gold dust, and shortage will only get worse

In just the first weekend of new regulations designed to prohibit the trafficking of infant formula out of Hong Kong, border patrols had already arrested around 45 traders.

Growth of GM

World's sixth biggest GM grower, China will continue to import soy

As concerns grow for the security of food supplies for its billion-plus population, China—the sixth biggest producer of genetically modified crops—has resolved to continue importing GM soybeans to satisfy domestic...

Food for thought

China’s super-watchdog is unlikely to bite

If you are a regular reader of this news service, you would be hard-pressed to find just one month in the last two years when we have NOT reported on...

Food safety

China's watchdogs might finally get more teeth

Sick of lurching from one food crisis to the next, it seems the Chinese authorities are planning to form one cohesive food safety unit based on America’s FDA model.

News in brief

Two dead in Vietnam S. suis outbreak

Two butchers in central Vietnam have from a bacteria that causes clinical diseases in pigs, the Voice of Vietnam has reported.

DCD concerns: NZ handling of crisis was ‘textbook’ - Rabobank

New Zealand’s handling of concerns surrounding the use of agricultural chemical dicyandiamide (DCD) was “textbook,” a Rabobank analyst has claimed.

Pork imports

Chinese call for additive verification baffles American suppliers

Demands by Chinese quarantine authorities for a new layer of verification to make sure that pork imported from the US is free of a feed additive have baffled analysts and...

Dairy contaminants

Fonterra DCD crisis: No positive tests since November

The Ministry for Primary Industries has released the findings from extensive testing of New Zealand dairy products for dicyandiamide (DCD).

News in brief

HK bans northeast German poultry

Hong Kong has banned the import of all poultry products, including eggs, from certain German states with immediate effect.

Right to reply

Fonterra: Why we need to talk about what's in our food

Last week, we published a critique of Fonterra's actions during the DCD furore, which saw lengthy delays between identifying the presence of minute quantities of the chemical in the company's...

Subcontinent tastes

India must accept that traditional foods aren't necessarily the safest

In the first article in a new a series examining Indian diets and health, a British dietitian urges India not to make the same mistakes that were made in her...

Fonterra recalls CalciYum kids’ yogurt over ‘choking’ fears

Fonterra Brands Australia is pulling batches of CalciYum yogurt from supermarket shelves across Australia over concerns that the product's “weakened” plastic cap could present a choking hazard.

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