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Report finds over 51% of all food inspections in Mainland China in 2001 failed

1 in 2 Chinese food inspections failed in 2011

By Ankush Chibber

More than 51% of all the food inspections in Mainland China in the year 2011 failed, according to the AsiaInspection 2011 Q4 Barometer, with at least 10% of them failing because of critical defects.

Chinese company buys out Crafar New Zealand dairy farms

Pengxin gains extension on Crafar buyout

By Ankush Chibber

China-based Shanghai Pengxin Group has been granted an extension until February 7 to finalise the purchase of New Zealand Crafar Dairy farms, KordaMentha, the farms’ receivers announced today.

Ducks in Australia found with bird flu but chicken deemed safe

25,000 Australian ducks gassed amid bird flu fears

By Ankush Chibber

Australia has activated a national disease emergency plan after an outbreak of deadly bird flu was confirmed following the discovery of infected birds at two free-range duck farms near Melbourne in south eastern Australia.

A tag that needs review

Made in Australia? Feed it to the sharks…

By Kacey Culliney

‘Made in Australia’ is not always what it says on the tin and this effectively dilutes claims made by Australian manufacturers who use 100% local ingredients, according to the MD of BuyAustralianMade.

A lucrative business tie with China for Australian winery Ferngrove

Lucrative Chinese partnership for Australian winery

By Kacey Culliney

A strong Chinese investment in the Australian wine company Ferngrove has enabled it to expand its premium bottled wine business and successfully enter and market to China, according to the firm’s managing director.

Genomics are unlocking salt-ready rice potential, say researchers

Salt tolerant rice for Tsunami soils ready within two years

By Kacey Culliney

A method for marker-assisted breeding, conceived in 2009 through a collaborative research project between the UK and Japan, is now focused on developing rice breeds tolerant to salt-sodden Japanese soils following the Tsunami last year.

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