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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...

Australia

Kids following 'European model' three times less likely to binge drink

Children given sips of alcohol by their parents are much more likely to be drinking full measures by 16, but less likely to binge drink, according to a study of...

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Taiwan issues new labelling regulations for fish, chocolate and herb

Taiwan has introduced new regulations to govern the labelling of several foods in a bid to improve food safety and protect consumers' rights, the Food and Drug Administration said.

Indian regulator to set fortification standards to boost public health

In a move that paves the way for the inclusion of fortified foods in government-run schemes, manufacturers of fortified flour, oil, milk and salt will require a government certificate to...

India

Food firms need to manufacture healthier options

A research report has slammed India’s biggest food and beverage manufacturers for not fighting hard enough to combat over- and undernutrition.

India

FSSAI orders energy drinks to comply to regulations

India’s food regulator is gearing up to impose a limit on caffeine contained in energy drinks. From July 1, manufacturers will be compelled to comply with FSSAI regulations, according to...

South Asia radius

Think tank: Ban celebrities from plugging high-sugar, high-salt foods

Celebrities should be banned from endorsing unhealthy foods, while adverts for items like soft drinks should be scrapped, according to experts. 

Kazakhstan eyes export of organic meat to Asia

Kazakhstan may become one of the largest organic meat exporters in Asia, establishing export supplies of up to 360,000 tonnes (t) of organic beef and lamb per year, primarily to...

Taiwan a step closer to having chemical additives task force

Taiwanese legislators have given their backing for an agency to regulate the use of chemical additives and toxic substances in food processing.

News in brief

Funds will help us expand in Asia - Oxford Nanopore

Oxford Nanopore Technologies has raised £100m ($126m) in funding through a private placement of ordinary shares bringing the total secured to £351m.

Soapbox

Every bit matters: Why we need to talk about excipients

The food industry is experiencing growth in the demand for natural products, as people become more savvy and selective about what they put into their bodies. Consumers are willing to...

Australia-New Zealand

Fsanz calls for submissions on a raft of food-code proposals

The antipodean regulator opened a public consultation on three potential changes to the food standards code in Australia and New Zealand.

This week Down Under

Civil group accuses anti-sugar lobby of ‘post-truth virtue-signalling’

A New Zealand taxpayers’ lobby group has accused those who are pushing for a tax on sugary drinks tax of “post-truth virtue-signalling”, citing evidence that many of their claims are...

Chinese kids taller and fatter than ever before

Young people in China have become taller and fatter due to better living standards and changing lifestyles.

China direct

Plans to audit 5,000 standards meets with Chinese media approval

A decision by Chinese authorities to tidy up its Byzantine regulatory systems will see the consolidation of nearly 5,000 food safety standards and the revision of 300 other national standards.

Japan scrambles to limit impact of bird flu outbreak

Japan has confirmed a third outbreak of avian flu in as many days, prompting the cull of thousands of farmed birds in the north of the country.

News in brief

Philippines’ proposed salt tax slammed by lawmakers

A Philippines law designed to tax each excess milligram of sodium relative to guidelines has met with strong opposition at committee stage after one representative remarked that such a levy...

NZ government swoops on illegal meat operation

An illegal yet sophisticated meat processing ring in greater Auckland has been shut down after a raid orchestrated by New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Australians’ poor diets leading to unexpected cases of scurvy

A historical disease caused by a lack of vitamin C and associated with old-world sailors, it appears that scurvy is reappearing in Australia due to poor modern dietary habits.

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Illegal operation involved more than 100 customers - MPI

An illegal meat processing operation has been discovered by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand.

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