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Japan’s FSMA preparation subject of FDA delegation trip

Public seminars in Japan on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rules drew the largest audiences to date, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Chinese authorities split over antibiotic overuse

China’s top regulator for food safety has said overuse of antibiotics is a “prominent problem” for the country’s meat industry and has called for agriculture and meat processors to do...

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Taiwan to tweak nutrition labelling regulations

Taiwan’s regulators plan to revise food labelling requirements in July after a period of public consultation.

Far East in focus

Study: Childhood fruit consumption could reduce future obesity risk

Korean research has found that a higher intake of sugar from fruit and milk during adolescence can reduce the risk of obesity later in life.

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Huge shipment of rotting pork found in Manila

A total of 165 containers of rotting meat is sitting at a shipping port in the Philippines – and nobody has claimed responsibility for it.

Women fuelling Australia’s recent surge in lactose intolerance

Almost a quarter of a million more Australians reported that they were lactose intolerant in just four years—an increase that was almost entirely driven by women.

Pyreos to work with Bosch India on milk analysis

Pyreos, the UK-based passive infra-red sensor developer, has announced its technical co-operation with Bosch India for the joint development of milk analysis technologies.

Down Under

Fsanz seeks views on proposed revision of infant formula regulations

The antipodean food regulator is calling for public and industry submissions on its proposed approach to revising infant formula requirements in the Food Standards Code.

South Asia radius

FSSAI adopts charm offensive to woo industry experts

As it embarks on a process to restore a battered reputation after a bruising year, India’s food regulator is courting commercial food figures to work with it on new policies....

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Fsanz invites public submissions on dairy processing aid

The antipodean food regulator has called for public evidence in a bid to allow the use of an agarose ion exchange resin to extract lactoferrin from milk. 

Salmonella outbreak reaches 144 probable cases

The Tripod Farmers salad leaf Salmonella anatum outbreak has reached 144 cases nationally.

South Asia radius

FSSAI extends licence deadline again after 1 in 15 businesses register

India’s food regulator has been forced to push back its company registration deadline after just 3.3m out of 50m businesses obtained a licence.

Soapbox

Southeast Asia nearing its goal of harmonised supplement standards

Last October, the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Asean, completed and agreed to a single set of standards and technical requirements for product labelling, manufacturing,...

China’s first welfare code for feed lots, slaughterhouses due in June

China will have its first draft animal husbandry and slaughtering standards code by June, according to the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), which is working with 30 domestic livestock breeding...

Australia

Scientists may have linked energy drinks with heart palpitations

South Australian researchers believe that more than two energy drinks per day could be the cause of fast heartbeat and palpitations.

More sickened from Tripod Farmers salad

The number of Salmonella cases linked to pre-packed mixed salad products in Australia from Tripod Farmers Pty has risen to more than 60.

Tripod Farmers recalls lettuce linked to Salmonella illnesses

Tripod Farmers has recalled pre-packed lettuce linked to an outbreak of Salmonella.

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Singapore company offers monitoring service for packaging laws

A service to monitor Asia-Pacific packaging-related legislation that offers real-time updates has launched in Singapore.

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New Singapore food regulations come into effect

Amendments to Singapore’s food regulations have now come into force, according to a circular from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore. 

China's slowdown hits second-biggest pork company

Yurun Food, China’s number-two pork player, continues to go through turbulent times, with some industry watchers forecasting a sell-off of company assets this year to get the firm back on...

Imported food from countries with low GDP poses higher safety risks – study

Risk estimates for food imported into the US show a clear distinction between high- and low- risk countries and product types, according to an analysis of federal import violations data.

OSI slams Chinese court’s judgement on expired meat scandal

The American parent of the Chinese company found by a Shanghai court this week to have sold out-of-date meat to international burger chains has reacted angrily to the jailing of...

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Lab shows worrying levels of mycotoxin in Chinese produce

Around 6.2% of China’s annual grain yield is contaminated by mycotoxins every year, according to research by the Chinese Academy of Engineering. 

China direct

Prediction: China to have world’s safest infant formula in a decade

In the next decade, China will have the safest infant formula available anywhere—just 10 short years after China's melamine scandal (writes Paul O’Brien of Chemlinked). 

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Two food safety memorandum of understandings signed

Two different memorandum of understandings have been created around food safety.

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