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Kanga bangas: Firm plans to set up ‘roo factory in Europe

The world’s largest premium kangaroo meat distributor is set to establish a processing plant in Europe to target the home cooking market.

Danone considers calling time on Dumex infant products in Vietnam

Danone is reported to be considering a gradual withdrawal of its Dumex infant nutrition products from Vietnam.

China’s production decline sparks import boom

The global poultry industry is entering a period of enhanced market conditions as China’s historic production slump brings a welcome buoyancy to a string of poultry exporters.

WHO calls on communities to tackle over- and undernutrition in SE Asia

The World Health Organisation has called on all layers of society to address the double burden of malnutrition across Southeast Asia, particularly in cases affecting women and girls.

Answer on the way for Chinese investigation of US DDGS?

An ongoing anti-dumping and countervailing duty probe into the US DDGS exports by the Chinese may soon produce a preliminary response.

WFP distributes food to Iraqi town following two-year siege

World Food Programme of the United Nations has distributed food in and around Qayyarah after a siege had made the northern Iraqi town inaccessible for over two years.

Indian police have beef with biriyani

The north Indian state of Haryana has the second-highest number of complaints reported to the police, but authorities have bizarrely been tasked with sniffing out beef-laced biriyani. 

Thai poultry giant faces abuse lawsuit

A lawsuit against one of Thailand’s top meat exporters, Betagro, has been opened by 14 Burmese migrant workers who have alleged the mistreatment they suffered amounted to modern-day slavery. 

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Ifad awards loan to help raise incomes of 1m poor Bangladeshi farmers

Bangladesh’s government has signed an agreement with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad) in a bid to increase the incomes more than 1m poor farming households in the country...

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Indian, Australian academics collaborate for salt tolerant rice study

Scientists from India and Australia will collaborate towards the development of a strain of rice that is tolerant to salt water. 

Vietnam’s first ‘fairer’ sugar auctions announced

Vietnam’s trade ministry is preparing to auction import quotas for 85,000 tons of sugar this year in a move that will delight industry lobbyists.

Childhood stunting costs Philippines almost 3% of GDP

A report by a global children’s charity has revealed that the Philippines economy is losing at least PHP328bn (US$7bn) a year due to the impact of childhood stunting on workforce productivity and education. ...

China aids exports to Iraq

One of America’s biggest poultry firms has secured exports to Iraq – thanks to help from China. 

CP Foods to tackle slavery in the broiler industry

Thai broiler operator CP Foods has set out to raise industry standards with the implementation of the Good Labour Policy (GLP) for Poultry Farm and Hatchery in Thailand. 

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Fonterra cuts time to get UHT products to China by two-thirds

Fonterra’s project to align and enhance its supply chain from New Zealand to mainland China has seen a reduction in the time it takes to get UHT products to market...

Technology plays role in strengthening Asia's food safety and security

Recent advances in information and communication technology have been leading to substantial improvements in agricultural production and food safety in Asia and the Pacific.

ICT making food safety advances possible - FAO

Advances in information and communication technology (ICT) are leading to improvements in food security and safety in Asia and the Pacific, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)....

Asian food and beverage margins at risk due to rising sugar prices

Asian sugar production is expected to see its first deficit in over five years after a drought last year prompted by El Niño-induced pulled output down to a five-year low,...

Quality quest: China interested in ‘clean’ aspect of Australian feed barley

China is showing increased interest in Australian feed barley as buyers seek out clean, disease-free grains, according to an industry expert.

Bangladesh to tighten regulation on foreign poultry giants

Bangladesh is mulling controls over foreign investors in the country’s growing poultry industry after local rivals said they fear being swallowed by overseas companies.

Natural ingredients in India: The four hurdles facing suppliers and manufacturers

Indian food manufacturers face four fundamental hurdles when it comes to expanding their use of natural ingredients, in addition to the extra cost that they can incur.

Americana saga ends after Alabbar’s Adeptio pulls out

The on-again-off-again sale of a majority stake in Kuwait Food Co, otherwise known as Americana, to a Gulf-based consortium has been scrapped by the Al Kharafi family, bringing to an...

UAE sends food worth $4bn to landfills each year

Homes and restaurants in the UAE toss out food worth an estimated AED14.7bn (US$4bn) each year, according to the Emirates Environmental Group. The waste is then dumped in the country’s...

India: Punjab planning 'state-of-the-art' pork facility

The government of India’s semi-autonomous Punjab region is planning to build the country’s most advanced pig-processing facility as India’s consumption of pork and reliance on meat imports both continue to...

China re-imposes anti-dumping duties on US chicken

US white-feather chicken meat imported into China will face “anti-subsidy duties” for five more years, China’s ministry of commerce has announced. 

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