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Food safety

High profile food scares have turned the spotlight on food safety in Asia. While new regulations are coming into force, consumers and exporters seek assurances of product safety as contamination can have dire consequences all around the world.

Norovirus risk from Chinese strawberries warning

Strawberries from China will be subject to stiffer checks for norovirus and hepatitis A at EU borders, following an alert about contaminated produce from the EU's Rapid Alert System for...

Malaysia

Obesity taking its toll in Asia's heaviest country

Alarm bells are ringing for Malaysian lawmakers after an Asia-wide study found that almost half of the country's population is now classed as obese. 

Special edition: Oils & fats

Time for a rethink on saturated fat?

If the cover of TIME magazine earlier this month (headline: Eat Butter) is anything to go by, it would seem that the conversation about fat, and saturated fat in particular,...

Australia

Some Aussie sports supps could contain hidden ban-risking ingredients

A number of athletic nutritional supplements on sale in Australia are secretly fortified with androgens, a group of compounds that could lead athletes to be banned from competition.

France considers ‘traffic light’ labelling as UK MEP hits back at EU threat of court case

France's health minister has put forward plans for the country’s own ‘traffic light’ nutrition labelling system; meanwhile a UK Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has defended the UK’s debated...

Dispatches from IFT 2014

Food allergies remain 'major' public health issue

Peanuts, wheat and egg are among several allergens that continue to be a global public health issue, and so industry must act with caution when developing allergen-free products, warns a...

2014 SPECIAL EDITION: DAIRY PRODUCT QUALITY TESTING

Fonterra never checked Sanlu's dairy products prior to deadly China melamine crisis, study warns

Decentralized milk supply chains were largely to blame for the melamine scandal that bankrupted China’s Sanlu in 2008, but its partner Fonterra's experience ‘did not appear helpful’ in stopping deadly...

Pasta Montana: 'Japanese customers only accept zero-defect products'

Pasta Montana, which produces primarily for exacting food customers in Japan, has installed a Key Technology sorter.

Australia

Farmer’s appeal of GM contamination decision praised by lobby groups

Lobby groups have come out in support of a Western Australian farmer who will challenge the WA Supreme Court’s decision to overrule his claim that his land had been contaminated...

A metropolitan detox: Broccoli could be 'frugal, simple and safe' way of reducing risks of air pollution

Daily consumption of half a cup of a broccoli sprout beverage increased participants' ability to excrete the carcinogen benzene and lung irritant acrolein, according to research in China.

WPC recall-impacted Nutricia NZ reports 97% profits drop

Nutricia Limited, the Danone-owned New Zealand infant formula business hit by last year's Fonterra whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare, reported a 97% drop in profits in 2013.

Saturated fat intake may affect genetic obesity risk

Reducing saturated fat intake may influence the expression of certain genetic ‘predispositions’ towards obesity, according to US research.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Keeping it clean: 3 botanical chiefs pull adulteration weeds

Botanical adulteration, like doping in sports, is a problem that can be controlled but never totally resolved, but what is being done about it? Here the world’s biggest botanical players...

Obesity a threat to global food security: DuPont

Nearly three quarters (70%) of countries worldwide improved their food security in the past year, according to data from the 2014 Global Food Security Index jointly presented by DuPont and...

One-third of Chinese infant formula production permits not renewed: SFDA

Production permits held by more than one third of China's infant formula manufacturers have not been renewed, following a six-month campaign to boost the standard of domestically-made products.

Australia

Three-quarters of deli meat in Adelaide would fail to meet standards

Hygienic food handling and standard food safety protocols are not being practiced at many of Adelaide’s supermarket delicatessens, according to a University of Adelaide study.

New Zealand

New food bill places new emphasis flexibility and low compliance costs

New Zealand’s lawmakers have signed off on a new bill that that rewrites the country’s food safety regulations.

Comment

China is missing a trick by regulating midsize firms out of the market

Pacing through the hall of last week’s Fi Asia-Vietnam trade show in Saigon, something seemed very different. 

Pork DNA found in two halal Cadbury Malaysia chocolate batches

Cadbury Malaysia, part of Mondelez International Inc, has recalled two batches of halal chocolate which tested positive for traces of pork DNA.

New Zealand

Study finding water fluoridation does not lower IQ sparks fierce row

Adding fluoride to water does not lower one’s IQ, according to controversial new research from Otago University in New Zealand.

Australia

Scientists link poor pre-pregnancy diet with premature birth

Women trying to become pregnant should avoid junk food after scientists discovered the link between poor diet and an increased risk of giving birth prematurely. 

Australia

Green group calls for ban on nanomaterials

An environmental group in Australia has warned against the increasing use of nanomaterials in the food chain, calling for a ban on them until the further research on their safety...

EFSA gives Monsanto the green light on SDA-rich GM soy

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has delivered a positive scientific opinion on Monsanto’s MON 87769 soybean crop, which has been genetically modified to contain stearidonic acid.

Australia

10% of babies expected to develop food allergies in first year

One in 10 Australian babies will develop a food allergy by their first birthday, medical experts and health groups said while calling on the Australian government to recognise food allergy...

Detecting Listeria with MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry

Listeria monocytogenes can be detected from selective enrichment broths using MALDI–TOF mass spectrometry, according to a study.

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