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South Korea culls 195 cows and halts livestock transportation to stop spread of foot-and-mouth disease

The government of South Korea has confirmed a case of foot-and-mouth disease at a dairy farm in Boeun county, approximately 106 miles southeast of Seoul.

Salmonella outbreaks from undercooked eggs and meat sicken 70

More than 70 people in an Australian state have been sickened by Salmonella in five outbreaks linked to undercooked eggs and meat.

Shimadzu targets mycotoxins and synthetic antimicrobials

Shimadzu has released two high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analyzers.

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Australia and Bangladesh discuss food safety standards

Australia has provided insights into standard setting to Bangladesh which is working on its food safety system.

Australia

Fsanz puts cereal enzyme application out to consultation

An application to allow the use of a xylanase enzyme as a processing aid for cereals has been put to public consultation by the antipodean food regulator.

Australia

Soybean oil enables ‘breakthrough’ in making graphene commercial

A breakthrough by Australian government scientists has made the world’s strongest material more commercially viable, thanks to the soybean.

Shanghai doubles down on food safety policing

Already the authors of China’s toughest local food-safety regulations, Shanghai’s city authorities are planning to introduce stricter measures that could include banning some offenders from the food industry for life....

Waste not want not: Why more needs to be done to maximise the functional food potential of by-products

The functional food and nutraceutical opportunities offered by agricultural waste products in developing countries are not being fully exploited, meaning vital nutrients that could be of immense health and economic...

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Ruparel Foods: Previously, only 1 in 8 rejected nuts were bad

Ruparel Foods has said only one in eight nuts rejected by its previous sorting systems were actually bad, prompting a move to machines from Tomra Sorting Food.

India

Regulator to take first step to introduce junk food warning labels

India’s food regulator is expected to have formed a definition for “junk food” in the next two months, giving scope for possible new mandatory nutrition warnings for potato chips and...

China

New regulations could force small formula companies to close

Last month’s decision by the Chinese food regulator to implement stricter food safety rules governing formulation and marketing is likely to wipe out a fair number of small- and medium-sized...

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915 Labs and Printpack to present MATS technology

A Thai university is hosting a conference to introduce a method for packaging foods and beverages called Microwave Assisted Thermal Sterilization (MATS).

CVD: Blinkered training pushes young doctors away from supplements

Doctors show low willingness to recommend omega-3s to their patients because the training they received lacked any attention to nutrition and lifestyle.

China

Food safety ‘stable’ as year’s first scandal breaks in Tianjin

Additive overuse and microbial contamination were behind almost two-thirds of all food-safety issues in China last year, while less than 1% of infant formula failed to meet national standards.

India

Law Commission to recommend life imprisonment for adulterators

India’s Law Commission is expected as soon as this week to give its recommendations on amending the penal code for adulteration crimes, including enhancing the severest penalty to life imprisonment....

'Highly frequent' energy drink consumption associated with mental health problems for teens

A new study indicates that Korean teenagers who regularly consume energy drinks are at “great risk” of mental health problems, particularly when consumed in combination with junk food, researchers claim.

South Asia radius

Fat tax on the cards for next month’s Budget

Budget watchers are predicting an increase to taxes on fast food and sugary drinks on February 1 after senior ministers put pressure on the prime minister to introduce a health levy.

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Hong Kong adds to avian flu blocked list

Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has banned the imports of poultry meat and products from Egypt, the Odessa and Chernivtsi Oblasts...

China direct

Feelings of inferiority and over-eating linked for first time

People who feel socially inferior eat more, a Hong Kong-Singapore study has found, suggesting that feeling poor is enough to trigger over-eating.

New Zealand

Study lifts lid on how much alcohol branding kids see on sports TV

Kiwi viewers can be exposed to four alcoholic drinks brands every minute as they watch sport on the television, leading some children to assume that drinking alcohol was “part of...

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Hanoi ramps up local agri-inspections due to lack of safe local food

Hanoi’s city’s authorities have ordered agriculture inspectors to double down on food inspections to increase the amount of safe local food available for consumers.

JAPAN SPOTLIGHT

Japanese officials considering imposing stricter GM labelling laws

Reports from Japan suggest officials are weighing up imposing stricter rules for the mandatory labelling of food items containing genetically modified foods.

UAE improves food-safety competence by a quarter in quick time

UAE officials have been applauding themselves for the great strides the country has made by improving its food-safety index rating by a quarter in just three years.

Chinese president talks tough about food safety plans

President Xi Jinping said that China could not be too rigorous in promoting food safety, as the government set out its plans to impose “the strictest supervision” and increase penalties...

Australia

Summer heat not to blame for rise in salmonella from free-range eggs

Free-range eggs do not pose a greater risk of Salmonella contamination in hot months compared with other seasons, according to Australian researchers. The findings have shattering a supposed myth that has linked...

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