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‘Extreme superfoods’: Diets yielding high levels of acetate and butyrate protect against type 1 diabetes

Specialised diets designed to release large amounts of acetate or butyrate after bacterial fermentation in the colon protected against type 1 or juvenile diabetes in mice, said researchers from Monash...

VIDEO: The top consumer trends driving business innovation at Ingredion

Ingredion may be best known for its clean label products, but according to the company’s president for APAC and EMEA, there are a further three key trends driving business innovation...

China direct

Cross-border e-commerce pursues dramatic growth, but can it continue?

The sheer scale of demand for Australian and New Zealand goods in China has been revealed in a striking report presented in Sydney—though indications suggests that cross-border e-commerce might soon...

China

Return of deadly bird flu strain prompts agencies to rethink approach

The UN’s agriculture and animal welfare bodies have called for the development of a robust detection and response system to check a resurgent outbreak of an avian influenza strain that...

Researchers create gluten-free bread with bubbles (but without the additives)

Researchers have developed gluten-free bread with the same fluffy, bubble texture as wheat bread - without using any additives or gums - simply by using rice flour that has been milled and processed in...

News in brief

Rob Scoines appointed GM of Sanitarium NZ

Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing operation has named Rob Scoines as its general manager in New Zealand.

Australia gets unified peak seafood body

The formation of a single national peak body for Australia’s A$2.8bn (US$3.5bn) seafood industry has been completed with the appointment of the inaugural board.

Australia

Food mould innovator selected to pitch invention to Silicon Valley

An Australian researcher who has discovered how to stop mould growing on fresh food will join a select group of innovators in pitching pitching to big-name backers.

Australia

Murray Goulburn hopes new chairman will calm waters

John Spark has been named to replace outgoing chairman Philip Tracy at beleaguered dairy co-operative Murray Goulburn after weeks of boardroom turbulence.

Asthma action: Fibre supplementation provides benefits by improving gut microbiota

Fibre supplementation can improve asthma symptoms by boosting gut microbiota, results from an Australian trial have revealed. 

Indian crackdown on illegal meat slaughter, smuggling

India’s chief minister for the state of Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath Yogi, has ordered a crackdown on cow smuggling and illegal slaughter. 

Four fundamental APAC nutrition and food trends shaping 2017…and our Food Vision Asia summit

Diabetes, the double burden of malnutrition, personalised nutrition and sustainability: these are four of the most pressing APAC food and nutrition trends, according to industry experts speaking at our Food...

This week Down Under

Booze retailers urged to follow dominant Dan Murphy’s model

Of the enormous A$14.5bn spent in Australia last year on alcohol from liquor retailers, almost three-quarters went to supermarket-affiliated retailers, leaving independent stores far behind major chains like Dan Murphy’s...

Regulators pave the way for use of hemp as a food in Australia and New Zealand

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has issued a circular paving the way for the sale of low-THC hemp seed products as a food.

HI SOUTH EAST ASIA 2017

False claims still blighting Indonesia’s functional food sector despite tighter rules

Misleading health claims are still rife in Indonesia despite tighter functional food rules, claims a new association set up to ‘professionalise the industry’.

China seemingly backtracks on tougher e-commerce rules providing a boost to supplement and food firms

China’s Commerce Ministry appears to have halted plans for more stringent cross border e-commerce rules, meaning many goods will still be regarded as personal trade, rather than for commercial distribution. ...

Smoked meat traders find export joy in Japan

European dried, cured and smoked meat producers are poised for a rapid expansion of export sales to Japan, with growing demand for such products that cannot be satisfied by Japanese...

UAE’s Hotpack tempted by wales for $62m plant investment

A UAE-based food packaging materials company is planning to invest US$62m in a manufacturing plant in Britain, which will also function as its new head office for the UK and...

Syrian government turns again to Russian for wheat supplies

A media report has revealed that Syria’s state grain buyer has agreed to purchase 1.2m tonnes of Russian wheat.

FAO DG chides Egypt over crop choice as water stocks drop further

The head of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation has called for an “urgent and massive response” to the problem of critically low water reserves in the Middle East and...

UN reveals scale of Yemeni food crisis after years of war

Seventeen million Yemenis face “crisis” levels of food insecurity, according to the latest United Nations humanitarian analysis of their war-ravaged country.

UAE prepares double-pronged assault on nutrition in schools

Dubai’s municipal authorities will soon begin to apply updated nutrition guidelines in school canteens to encourage healthier choices, while Abu Dhabi is engaging a task force to wage war on...

US-China trade war threat analysed

The threat of a trade war between two of the world’s most powerful countries China and the United States is low, but analysts warn it could dramatically damage pork trade....

96% of Indians dissatisfied with e-commerce labelling laws

Almost all of the thousands of respondents to a recent Indian survey on e-commerce supported legislation to force sites to reveal logistical details of the products they sell.

Eurofins expands in Singapore and Turkey

Eurofins Scientific has acquired two companies to boost testing services in Singapore and Turkey.

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