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Study: Excesses salt in pregnancy could damage baby’s liver

Chinese researchers believe that exposure to high levels of salt could lead to foetal liver damage.

Investment in facilities and capabilities is not a one-off, says SGS

Investment in facilities and capabilities is not a one-off as the number of testing parameters in the food sector is huge and increasing every day, according to SGS.

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Mexican soda tax analysis: The figures just don’t back the hype

The success of the Mexican soda tax is fast becoming the stuff of public health myth and legend.

IARC urges action against mycotoxin contamination in developing countries

The problem of mycotoxin contamination in developing countries has been ‘ignored for too long’ and it is time to ‘turn science into action’, according to the director of an organisaton...

Australia the world leader in Salmonella outbreaks

Australia has more outbreaks of Salmonella than any other country, according to researchers in the country who found 73 cases of the bacteria per 100,000 people last year.

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Salt content mislabelled in two-thirds of Indian processed foods

Most food labelling in India shows an inaccurate representation of the salt that packaged products contain, a major study has found. The research comes at a time when growth in...

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MPI issues raw milk safety reminder

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has said raw milk is a high risk food and it's important that consumers understand why.

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Food safety chief: FDA struggling to cope with scale of adulteration

China’s food authorities are unable to keep up with cases of chemical and drug adulteration, according to the head of its Food and Drug Administration.

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Unraveling the reasons behind Taiwan’s ban on GMOs in school meals

The regulation of GMOs in Taiwan is a complex story, as is the case worldwide, and the interplay of politics, science and business behind the scenes constantly modulates legislation, research...

Global seaweed production standard gets green light

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has moved a step closer to its ambitious goal of creating a global certification standard for seaweed production after announcing it will be working on...

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One-third of Singapore's young face diabetes, rate to double by 2030

Growing obesity in children and young adults is set to worsen already-high rates of diabetes in Singapore, according to epidemiologists there. 

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Consumers ‘leanwashed’ by belief that exercise is key to weight loss

Food companies are responsible for “leanwashing” consumers by persuading them that a lack of exercise, rather than an unhealthy diet, is the primary cause of obesity, a Hong Kong-based researcher...

NZ gets new food law, revised standards take effect across Australasia

New Zealand has implemented a new food Act this month, which places increased emphasis on manufacturers to take responsibility for managing food safety.

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Salt study sounds alarm bells over childhood diet and obesity

Almost three quarters of Australian primary schoolchildren consume too much salt, leading them to be at greater risk of becoming overweight or obese, a Deakin University study has found.

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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.

This week Down Under

Paleo diet could increase weight and be dangerous for diabetics

The controversial paleo diet could lead to rapid weight gain and health complications in just eight weeks, an Australian study has discovered, leading to outrage among advocates of the extreme...

Long-lost health manual shown to buck Indian school obesity trend

A long-forgotten school health manual, combined with appropriate training for teachers, could be central in the fight against childhood obesity, Chennai researchers have found.

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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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