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UAE fish safety scare was nothing more than rumours

A senior government official has brushed off suggestions that fish and shellfish captured in UAE waters have been affected by pollution and unsafe for consumption. 

Patchi to double manufacturing capacity with new Dubai plant

Patchi has begun work on a new 122,000 square-foot chocolate manufacturing facility in Dubai to serve as a “springboard” into regional and overseas markets when it opens in 18 months.

Dubai launches Ramadan Fridge programme to feed poor

Dubai residents will be able to donate food through 80 new Ramadan fridges at mosques across the emirate.

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Abu Dhabi redoubles safety inspections for Ramadan

Abu Dhabi food authorities have doubled down inspections over Ramadan, and at the time of writing have assessed almost 200 grocery stores, supermarkets and hypermarkets in the emirate.

Saudi sets date for 50-100% beverage sin tax next month

Saudi Arabia will begin to tax energy drinks and carbonated sodas from June 10, making it the first country in the Gulf to fix an implementation date. 

Seeds from evergreens packed with enough amino acids to meet WHO standards

Seeds from two variants of Chinese evergreen trees have been found to contain enough amino acids to meet the daily nutritional requirements of infants and adults, according to a recent...

India’s cattle ban could ‘halt’ beef exports

The Indian government’s ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter is likely to have dramatic impact on its billion-dollar cattle export trade.

China’s reopening of live bird markets questioned

Local government authorities in China may not be fully aware of the potential threat posed by bird flu, after human infections of H7N9 were detected this month.

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Novacap prepares to open new sodium bicarbonate plant in Singapore

Novacap is preparing to open a stand-alone sodium bicarbonate plant in Singapore to help the French firm expand across the food, feed, pharmaceutical and health care industries in APAC.

Infant nutrition: Early intake key to reducing food allergy risks - Australian consensus

Common allergens should be incorporated into Australian infants’ diets in the first year of their lives in order to minimise their risk of food allergies, according to a panel of...

DuPont’s probiotic strain registered for Foods with Function Claims in Japan

Dupont’s probiotic strain Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 has been has been registered for Foods with Function Claims in Japan.

New oil palms promise highest crude palm oil yields in industry: GAR

A new variety of oil palm developed using traditional plant breeding techniques will increase crude palm oil yields by up to double current levels, says SMART Tbk, a subsidiary of...

Synlait purchases New Zealand Dairy Company

New Zealand dairy processing company Synlait Milk announced today it has purchased 100% of the shares of The New Zealand Dairy Company (NZDC).

Cattle sale restrictions introduced by Indian government

The Indian meat industry has warned that new rules prohibiting the sale of aged cattle from markets for slaughter may hinder the recent success of the sector.

South Asia radius

Patanjali seeks location for new food park in Uttar Pradesh

Ayurvedic consumer foods brand Patanjali is looking to acquire land for a US$77m food park in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh, which it hopes will begin operations by 2020.

Australia

Aldi continues to rise while Woolworths’ fortunes stay in the doldrums

Aldi’s share of Australia’s A$90bn (US$67bn) supermarket budget continues to grow, at the expense of both Woolworths’ and IGA’s slices of the market.  

First Future Food Asia award winners announced in Singapore

The winner of the first Future Food Asia Award has been announced in Singapore, with Indian firm String Bio taking the US$100,000 top prize.

FAO praises China’s ‘Belt and Road’ project

China’s Belt and Road initiative can help achieve sustainable development goals provided it addresses the needs of millions of farmers and fishermen in the countries involved.

News in brief

FSSAI and GFSP urge food safety investment in Asia

Public and private sectors across South Asia have signalled their intent to support increased investment in food safety.

China direct

Sino-Singapore food park signs two new deals

The Sino-Singapore Jilin Food Zone has signed two deals that will boost efforts to produce safe, high-quality products to be exported between the two countries. 

From shopping mall to office block: Singapore’s micro-farms

Just 25 “micro-farms” could stimulate an agricultural economy in Singapore and produce some 750 tonnes of vegetables a year.

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Tetra Pak opens Singapore innovation centre

Packaging major Tetra Pak has opened its first Asian customer innovation centre at its Jurong site in Singapore.

Indonesia granted $600m irrigation loan from ADB

The Asian Development Bank has approved a US$600m loan to support an Indonesian programme to improve irrigation and boost food security in poor rural areas. 

Prebiotic and antioxidant-packed white chocolate: 'A promising opportunity for industry'

Adding prebiotics and an antioxidant source to white chocolate can alter its taste and texture, but a new sensory analysis reported that consumers still ranked it highly, with researchers concluding...

‘High-tech’ Indian slaughterhouse officially opened

Kerala-based protein packer Meats Products of India has opened a “high-tech” slaughterhouse in a remote part of the country.

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