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APIs in banned sex supplements sold openly online says regulator

Tests show Viagra and Cialis APIs present in over 100 brands of bogus ‘sexual enhancement’ pill.

Efacec wins automated warehousing project with Indonesian dairy firm

Efacec has won a second consecutive project with PT Indolakto, a dairy producer in Indonesia. 

Singapore to grow GCC exports with free trade agreement

A newly-implemented free trade agreement between the GCC and Singapore will boost their US$291m food trade, according to Singapore’s international trade body.

India

Assocham: AP’s strong processing sector demands better supply chain

Business leaders have called on the Andhra Pradesh government to announce it will establish the fast-moving supply chain needed for to transport produce to its strong food-processing industry.

FAO

FAO: Food security requires ‘paradigm shift’ in agri-production models

Farmers must change their approach to production if the world wants to meet its food security challenges, the director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations said...

Indonesian fish producer targets Middle East

An Indonesian canned fish producer is aiming to make its entry into the Middle East food market, as Indonesia’s government aims to bolster its national fishing industry.

Innophos' sales down 1% for 2014 on supply bottleneck, soft demand

Specialty phosphate producer Innophos experienced a sales decline both for its fourth quarter of 2014 and well as for the entire year. Soft market conditions were to blame as well...

News in brief

Tesco and Nestlé enlisted into Malaysian price reduction programme

Malaysia will launch a price reduction programme on March 1, according to the country’s trade and consumer ministry.

Australia

Global majors might be ‘locking out’ craft brewers from local market

An exposé by Australian consumer watchdog Choice claims SAB Miller, which owns Fosters and Carlton & United Breweries, is locking out genuine craft beer from local pubs.

Allied Bakeries: 'Our ultimate palm oil aim is 100% segregated sourcing'

Allied Bakers, the maker of Kingsmill bread, said today that the palm oil and derivatives used in its products are now 100% sustainably sourced through physical supply chains.

New Zealand

Almost all NZ’s freshwater fish at risk of extinction

The majority of New Zealand’s native freshwater fish species are threatened or at risk of extinction, says a Canterbury University researcher.

Cost, cynicism and frustration: Malaysian government launches own palm oil standard

The Malaysian government has launched its own sustainable palm oil certification standard – but will this add to or detract from sustainability and transparency efforts in the sector?

Southeast Asia

Rabobank: Cheap crude oil will hit SE Asia’s oil palm fortunes

The last year’s dramatic oil plunge, and with it expectations that crude prices will stay low, will continue to have a wide-reaching affect on the global food supply chain, not...

Australia

Grocery spending expected to continue slowing well into 2015

After a Christmas period that saw stronger retail sales than expected, growth in Australian consumer spending is expected to slow into 2015, according to the most recent Deloitte retail figures.

Australia

Greens and growers wade into country-of-origin labelling debate

An influential industry group has added its weight to the push by the Australian Green party for clearer country of origin labelling on food, claiming the current system does not...

News in brief

China opens doors to all US apples, ending 2012 ban

China’s food watchdog will allow the import of all US-grown apples in a move that could be worth US$100m a year to the American apple industry. 

Opinion

On the spike: The curious case of a contaminated sports supplement

‘Don’t take sports supplements, they can’t be trusted’ was the takeaway message from Welsh track stars Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton after the recent UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) tribunal agreed steroids...

News in brief

China's agriculture smuggling seizures topped $7.2bn in 2014

Chinese customs seized more than 210,000 tonnes of smuggled rice in 2014, worth over US$200m, according to officials.

South Korea

Soy sauce major Sempio fined for monopolising distribution

South Korea’s biggest soy sauce company has been fined by the country’s monopoly commission for engaging in unfair business practices.

US and Brazilian soy gains ensure security of supply but China still holds sway: analyst

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has raised its forecast for projected global soybean crop output to 314.4 million tons, up 1.6m on US and Brazilian gains in its World...

China

China eyes potato cultivation as possible solution to low agri-yield

China’s central government is pushing potatoes to be its fourth-biggest staple crop after rice, wheat and corn following a policy announcement by its vice-minister for agriculture.

GLG Life Tech unveils new stevia variety with higher natural Reb A content

GLG Life Tech Corporation has announced another milestone in its effort to breed new cultivars of the stevia plant. The company has developed a variety that expresses higher levels of...

Review of the year

Asia-Pacific in 2014: A year of scandals, soul searching and success

The last 12 months have been turbulent for much of Asia-Pacific's food industry, with regulations, legislation, markets and partnerships continuing to develop in the latest step in the region's economic...

Japan

Japanese ‘mega potato’ wiped out by McDonald’s' Far East spud shortage

McDonald’s customers in Japan are facing life with smaller fry portions to go with their red snow crab croquette burgers as the company attempts to sort out problems with the...

Saudi $52m donation helps WFP resume Syria food aid

The World Food Programme (WFP) has restarted its support for 1.7m Syrian refugees following a US$52m donation from Saudi Arabia, along with funds from other governments and donors.