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Group cautions government over sale of non-labelled GM products

A forum of Indian consumer groups has warned the country’s ministry of consumer affairs that they have encountered transgenic food products without mandatory GM labelling. 

Soapbox

The term ‘food addiction’ makes us all addicts

A new theory that seems to be gaining momentum on the obesity front is food addiction. Apparently the world’s expanding waistline is as result of so many of us being...

SEC investigating Chinese infant formula promotion ‘expenditures’: Mead Johnson

Mead Johnson Nutrition has revealed that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is probing “certain expenditures” relating to the promotion of infant formula products by its business in China....

China concludes 'successful' tests on transgenic rice

Transgenic rice tests conducted by China’s Agricultural University have brought no abnormalities after 90 days of test according to researchers involved in the programme.

Opinion

China’s new charm offensive highlights positive side of GM crops

China’s food safety authorities have really been ramping up their charm offensive in the last month. Not only have bodies like the China Food and Drug Administration been seen a...

India’s highest court orders regular checks on fizzy drinks

India’s highest court has directed the country’s top food safety watchdog to conduct regular checks on carbonated soft drinks sold in the country.

Fearing Western bans, TCM industry now seeking to align standards

In the wake of some Western countries like Britain capping sales of traditional medicine imports from China, the country is now ramping up efforts to standardise production in the segment.

Maori gout evidence suggests lesser link to lush lifestyle

A New Zealand researcher has further dispelled the notion that gout is a Western lifestyle disease brought about by diet and affluence by discovering that early Maori settlers also suffered...

False food labels on 82 ‘impure oils’ in China

Investigators have found 82 “impure” oils and sealed and removed 66 products from a factory in Changhua, China.

From Kant to the 6 o'clock swill: creative ways to limit alcohol abuse

Philosopher Julian Baggini has been commissioned by the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council to give his take on the serious issues affecting the industry. Here, he looks at how...

Dietary advice should be no different for those with diabetes, study finds

Dietary guidelines for those with diabetes should be the same as those for the general population – although the benefits of following a healthy diet are greater for diabetics, claim...

New herbicide approach helps sugarcane run-off in Great Barrier Reef

An innovative new approach to sugarcane plantation weed management trialled in select Great Barrier Reef catchments have shown a dramatic 90% reduction in runoff of highly soluble herbicides into waterways.



Australians want more government regulation, says survey

People in at least one Australian state would welcome more government regulation on food matters for a better public health environment, a new survey has revealed.

Rampant mislabelling of beef in Korea

In South Korea, more than 75 tonnes of US beef was passed off as coming from other countries over the first eight months of this year. It is said the...

Opinion

China’s red-faced diplomacy meets with Kiwi gritted teeth

New Zealand’s prime minister, John Key, must be laughing on the inside following the friendly advice given to him earlier this week by the Chinese premier and broadcast by state...

ANZ standards body calls for public submissions on GM lucerne

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has called for submissions from industry and the public an application to change the Food Standards Code for the countries to allow food derived from...

Fonterra, Danone in talks to resolve WPC botulism dispute

Fonterra has denied it has “any legal liability” to Danone in relation to its recent whey protein concentrate (WPC) contamination scare, despite being in talks with the French dairy giant over...

Scientists find genetic link between sugary drinks and gout

Scientists in New Zealand have for the first time discovered a genetic link between sugary drinks and the occurrence of the debilitating arthritic disease, gout, in men.

Opinion

NZ weathered Fonterra storm, but can its reputation remain 100% Pure?

Warren Buffett famously once warned: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.”

Soapbox

Everyone’s a food expert—even when they get the facts so badly wrong

“Thought leadership” is the new fashion for some corporates. It has been described by some as providing ideas that intrigue, challenge and inspire, but for others the phrase can sound...

Showfloor blog: FI Asia-Thailand

Supply chain shocks driving Asian food producers to western quality

The non-Asian ingredient supply sector is fairly well represented here at Food Ingredients Asia-Thailand in Bangkok, but given current concerns about food supply chain security in the region, is probably...

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Chinese fake seizures prompt Red Bull response

Red Bull insists it watches the Chinese market closely to guard against fakes after authorities arrested 13 people in August and seized thousands of counterfeit energy drinks, as an analyst...

Russia removes temporary Fonterra dairy import ban

Russia has lifted the temporary import and distribution ban imposed on Fonterra dairy products following the New Zealand-based dairy cooperative's decision to recall three batches of whey protein concentrate (WPC)...

Oz industry to government: Leave caffeinated energy drinks alone

Australia’s peak body for beverage manufacturers has come out strongly against media claims that the country’s teenagers may be at risk with over consumption of caffeinated energy drinks. ...

AgResearch 'recommended further testing' of recalled Fonterra WPC

New Zealand research organisation AgResearch has moved to distance itself from Fonterra's decision to recall three batches of whey protein concentrate (WPC), rubbishing claims that it "confirmed the presence" of Clostridium...