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Low vitamin D levels associated with higher cancer risk, study warns

Lower levels of vitamin D have been linked with a higher risk of cancer, researchers have found.

‘Uncertainty’ for Chinese agri-food exporters due to rejection risk

The risk of rejection at European borders on safety grounds provides an ‘element of uncertainty’ that affects Chinese agri-food exporters, according to an analysis.

This week Down Under

NZ academics push cabinet for sugar tax, industry advocates soft force

More than 70 university academics have demanded that the New Zealand government imposes a “significant tax” on sugary drinks, claiming that the move would improve health in the world’s fourth-most...

Australia’s watchdog plans beef sector dissection

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced plans for a major probe and analysis into competition, efficiency and transparency in the country’s red meat industry.

WHO: Governments responsible for beating diabetes epidemic

The World Health Organisation has called on governments in South Asia to take vigorous and concerted action to “prevent, treat and beat” diabetes, which has reached epidemic proportions and is...

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Regulator issues post-Maggi clarification on MSG stance

The presence of monosodium glutamate from natural sources in noodles and pasta is not illegal under food safety legislation, India’s food regulator has announced in a bid to end confusion...

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Shanghai expands blacklist to incorporate stricter penalties

Food regulators will expand Shanghai’s food and drug blacklist to include individuals and companies that are found to use expired materials in food production, in a move prompted by recent...

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Shock tactics used in latest Thai diabetes awareness campaign

The Diabetes Association of Thailand has taken a shocking approach in its latest awareness campaign by using images of confectionery to create a frightful picture of infections and festering wounds...

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Interpol-Europol busts dodgy weight loss supplements in massive global fraud fight

A global crack down on food fraud coordinated by Europol and Interpol across 57 nations has captured a South Korean-based racket selling contaminated online weight loss food supplements.

Bangladesh gets new regulator to oversee revised food safety law

Bangladesh’s new food safety regulator will commence operations in April with a brief to prevent the production and sale of adulterated food items, the country’s food minister has announced. ...

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Minister mulls tobacco-style health warnings on food packaging

Packaged foods containing high levels of fat, sugar or salt could be forced to display health warnings similar to those on cigarette packets if a suggestion by India’s consumer affairs...

South Korea hit with bird flu outbreak

Just one month after securing its bird flu-free status, South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed bird flu has been detected near the country’s capital, Seoul. ...

Vietnam: Nor Feed to capitalize on shift away from antibiotic growth promoters

French plant extracts producer, Nor Feed, says its new alliance in Vietnamese will strengthen its presence in Asia.

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Malaysia to propose Asean-wide food safety certification

Malaysia intends to push for a common food safety certification system among fellow Asean member states to drive global competitiveness.

China first soil pollution law due in 2017

Having declared war on pollution in 2014, Beijing is hoping to pass China’s first law to govern soil contamination next year to curtail damage caused by decades of industrial growth...

New technique enables fast, accurate measurement of bacteria levels

Chinese-led research has found a fast, accurate and non-invasive technique for monitoring the growth of pathogenic microorganisms that makes it easier to estimate the amount of bacteria within food containers...

China direct

TV sting prompts official investigation into leading food delivery app

China’s most popular food delivery app has found itself at the centre of a television exposé amid claims that its service breaches food safety laws and faces fines pending an...

Malaysian health inspectors to probe bamboo chopsticks for chemicals

Malaysian officials will study disposable chopsticks to determine whether they pose risks to public health.

Experts take sides as NZ prepares to promote Health Star labelling

Next week will see New Zealand embark on a three-month awareness campaign to promote the voluntary Health Star labelling system in a move championed by the country’s food industry and...

This week Down Under

Study: Binge drinking increases likelihood of committing crime

Australian binge drinkers are up to three times more likely to commit crimes or engage in antisocial behaviour—though rates for these have been declining in all sections of society, except...

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Indian teen obesity doubles as diabetes rates soar

The number of obese teenagers in India has nearly doubled over the last five years at a time when diabetes rates are also seeing a consistent increase.

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...

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