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Officials swoop on New Zealand man flogging illegal meat

A sting operation to investigate a New Zealand man believed to be selling meat illegally was carried out today by the country’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).


Diabetics should be wary of paleo diet ‘hype’

The Australian Diabetes Society president has said people with type 2 diabetes should be wary of social media hype about the benefits of going on the paleo diet, arguing there...

Malaysia study: Vitamin D deficiency risk for epileptic children

Malaysian children undergoing long-term treatment for epilepsy are at significant risk of vitamin D deficiency, with youngsters of Indian ethnicity especially affected, a study has found.

Eurofins to expand Chinese food testing lab

Eurofins has said it is ‘on track’ to complete the expansion of its main Chinese food testing laboratory in Suzhou, during its first half year results.


‘Demonising’ single nutrients hinders fight against obesity

Blaming fat, carbohydrate or sugar in isolation as causes of an obesity crisis has run its course and is limiting the ability to tackle its associated health problems.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Coca-Cola fined following health inspection at Vietnamese factories

Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam has been fined for various violations, including the manufacture of food supplements without the required safety certificates, following an inspection carried out by the health ministry last...

This week Down Under

Fourth time lucky? Aus-NZ officials consider hemp's safety once again

Australia’s food safety regulators have once again called for submissions on whether to permit the sale of food derived from the seeds of low-THC hemp. 

Chinese region: One-in-three adults overweight and one-in-seven obese

The regular intake of meat and alcohol are among the primary nutritional factors causing one-in-three adults in a Chinese province to be overweight and one-in-seven obese, new research has found.

42.5% of residents in India’s capital are diabetic, study reveals

More than two in five of Delhi residents are diabetic, a study has found, placing India’s capital just ahead of Mumbai, where 38.5% of the population suffer from the condition.

Rockmelon linked to Salmonella illnesses - FSANZ

Australian authorities are investigating an increase in Salmonella illnesses with a link to eating rockmelons.

‘Anti-blood clot’ fermented soybean extract safe, says EFSA

A fermented soybean extract that claims to help prevent blood clots is safe for use in food supplements, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded following a novel food application...

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Vizag lab is opportunity to improve South Asian footprint - TÜV SÜD

A TÜV SÜD food testing lab in India has been accredited for three years.

China direct

Home food delivery apps ordered to shut down

Shanghai authorities have shut down four food-delivery platforms that sell home made food after finding their unlicensed home kitchens to be potentially unsafe.

‘Controversial’ study says meat and sugar equally bad

Meat is just as bad as sugar when it comes to obesity causes and national dietary guidelines should recommend eating less meat, according to Australian researchers.

Iraq has ‘chronic’ bird flu problem

Iraq’s inability to tackle the cause of bird flu means the deadly virus  is likely to spread across neighbouring countries, according to an expert on animal diseases.

Meat smuggling undermines livestock trade in Southeast Asia

The common market launched on 1 January by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has so far failed to promote a sustainable increase in legitimate intra-ASEAN meat and livestock...

Qatar could see ‘sin tax’ once VAT is introduced

Qatar could see the introduction of “sin taxes” as the government seeks new ways to fund spending over the next three years, according to a ministerial report.

Gulf multinationals commit to phase out trans fats by 2019

Several Gulf-based global food and beverage companies have have embraced a commitment to phase-out trans-fat in their Middle East products.

South Asia radius

FSSAI increases scientific panels as charm offensive continues

India’s food regulator has increased the number of scientific panels that inform it, and boosted the frequency of their meetings in the wake of the Maggi instant noodles controversy that...

UK criminalises infant formula marketing offences

The UK government has introduced legislation that would make a company’s failure to fall in line with EU infant formula and baby food marketing laws a criminal offence subject to...

Thousands of chickens killed in Iraq bird flu virus

More than half a million birds have died thanks to a highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza strain that has torn through Baghdad and Wasit in Iraq. 

Taiwan reviews safety of two flour additives

Taiwan’s food safety authorities are evaluating whether regulations governing the use of two additives to flour products should be amended.

China’s delivery platforms get new food safety regulations

Food sold online will be governed from October by new food safety regulations that will bring strict penalties for violators, the China Food and Drug Administration has announced.

Rat study finds rancid fish oil deadly, but humans shouldn't worry

A third of the offspring of rats fed with high doses of oxidised fish oil during pregnancy did not survive beyond two days, a New Zealand-authored study has found, prompting...

China direct

Formula scandal sends Fonterra’s Beingmate into the red

Fonterra's Chinese business partner has seen healthy expected profits turn into substantial anticipated losses for the first-quarter of the financial year after a milk powder scandal.

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