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New Australian country-of-origin labelling 'doesn’t go far enough'

Australia’s new country-of-origin food labels are a good start, though there is plenty of scope to go even further, according to a leading food systems specialist.   

GFSI and UNIDO to help improve food safety in China, South East Asia and Africa

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) around food safety.

India

Potassium bromate banned following bakery investigation

The long-running potassium bromate in bread affair seems to have reached a conclusion, after India’s food regulator banned the chemical—a common bakery additive.

Egypt agriculture in chaos amid fraud and inefficiency

Egypt launches an investigation into potentially widespread fraud in its wheat procurement process, as the USDA claims wasteful food and agribusiness policies cost the country US$800m a year.

Australia/New Zealand

Regulator seeks opinions on a raft of new food safety proposals

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has called for submissions on four new amendments to antipodean food safety regulations covering the use of water in wine production, propionates in processed meat,...

Soy firm shut due to alleged food safety violations

A soy distribution company has been ordered to cease manufacturing and distribution until it comes into compliance with food safety laws.

Boost for Sri Lankan cinnamon industry

A joint project is helping cinnamon producers in Sri Lanka meet food safety and hygiene standards to boost export opportunities.

China and America play leading role in spreading invasive species

Wealthy countries such as China and America pose the greatest threat to global crop production by being leading sources of invasive species, according to Australian research, which also found that...

Dateline Southeast Asia

Low-GI breakfast could reduce risk of developing type-2 diabetes

Breakfast is officially the most important meal of the day and can help reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes, Singaporean scientists have found in a limited study.

This week Down Under

Study: Fibre and vitamin A key to preventing allergies to peanuts

Eating a diet rich in fibre can shape the immune system to reduce allergies to substances such as peanuts, new research shows. 

Australia

Research shows that those with long commutes are generally heavier

People who drive an hour or more a day are significantly heavier and wider at the waist than those who spend 15 minutes or fewer behind the wheel, research shows.

Haram ingredients hidden in food

Muslim consumers may be unintentionally consuming significant quantities of “hidden” haram ingredients in food products thanks to complex supply chains, according to a new report.

Australia/New Zealand

Cautious response to regulator’s 'inconclusive' nano-tech review

The antipodean food regulator has commissioned an advisory group to assess the safety of nano-technology following the release of two reports reviewing the effects of nano-particles in food additives and...

China

CFDA rapped for loopholes and politically incorrect practices

China’s anti-corruption agency has published a report that highlights a raft of alleged failings by China’s food and pharmaceuticals regulator identifies widespread loopholes and derelictions of duty in its practices....

NZ study: Obese mothers five times more likely to have obese daughters

Overweight mothers were nearly three times more likely than normal-weight mothers to have a daughter who will become obese as an adult—and obese mothers were five times more likely to...

Australia

Fsanz awards Ingredion’s Hi-Maize digestive health claim approval

Ingredion has obtained a general-level digestive health claim from the A for its Hi-Maize resistant starch stating that the ingredient “helps to maintain/support a healthy digestive system when consumed as...

Australia

Pilot study: 5:2 diet can improve health of type 2 diabetes patients

A popular diet is proving to be effective for improving the health of people with type 2 diabetes, a pilot trial has found.

Hong Kong freezes poultry trade over bird flu fear

Hong Kong has suspended live poultry imports to control the spread of a serious bird flu outbreak after samples from Tuen Mun tested positive for the H7N9 strain.

Australian innovation makes raw milk safe to drink

Made By Cow, an Australian company, says it has developed a safe way for people to enjoy untreated milk, without heat pasteurization or homogenization.

Shanghai officials eye completion of extensive food safety database

Supermarkets will take the lead in a process to merge Shanghai’s various food-monitoring systems into one network in a bid to improve safety management, according to officials.

Australia

Regulator green-lights second food-safety phage

The antipodean food regulator has given its go-ahead for a second food-safety phage product by Netherlands-based Mocreos in Australia and New Zealand.

Call for Aussie meat inspection overhaul

Australian beef producers risk losing out on profits as a result of biased meat graders, encouraged by big corporations to downgrade carcases and reduce the amount processors pay out.

India

Officials urge calm as firms vow to remove cancer chemicals from bread

Health officials have urged consumers not to panic over the presence of cancer-causing chemicals in bread after an analysis revealed that many of India’s most popular bakery brands tested positive...

News in brief

PerkinElmer expands presence in Taiwan

PerkinElmer has officially opened its Taipei Customer Knowledge Center (CKC) in Neihu District, Taipei City.

URC Vietnam investigated for excess lead in soft drinks

Vietnam’s health ministry has blocked the sale of five containers of green tea and energy drinks manufactured by the local unit of a leading Philippines food and beverage firm, claiming...

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