South Korea’s ban on seafood from Fukushima, Japan has been upheld by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) after a legal debate spanning several years, despite protests from Japan that the food products are ‘scientifically safe’.
The food and beverage industry in Australia is at odds with local health and consumer groups over calls by the latter to enforce usage of the Heath Stars Rating (HSR) System by food firms in the country as a mandatory requirement.
The food and retail industry in New Zealand has fired back against a recently-published study claiming that ‘junk food’ marketing that children are subjected to may cause them ‘physical, mental and moral harm’.
Australian researchers are calling for stricter governance over regulator FSANZ’s food-health relationship claims system, after arguing that 40.3% of product claims have not been proven with substantial evidence.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) implemented the mandatory attachment of warning labels to all alcoholic beverages on April 1, but has further extended the transition period for beverages manufactured before this date.
Sri Lanka will implement a traffic light coding system for packaged foods in the country, targeting specified levels of sugar, salt and fat content following success of the system’s application to soft drinks in the country.
Thailand is putting together a working group to examine the governance of alcohol-free ‘beers’ being manufactured and produced by traditional beer breweries, in order to avoid these falling through a possible legislative loophole.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s (FSSAI) draft on food labelling regulations including controversial traffic light labelling rules will be soon be released for public comment, according to an agency official.
The food industry in Singapore is generally supportive' of proposals from the Ministry of Health (MOH) to ban all partially hydrogenated oils (PHO), a form of trans fat commonly found in pre-packaged food products, according to a government minister.