Iodine fortification mandatory for NZ bakers
Bakers in New Zealand will now by law have to fortify
bread products with iodine, as regulators in the country attempt to
boost consumption of the essential nutrient.
China moves to stem grain exports
China's Ministry of Finance yesterday said it will scrap the
13 per cent tax rebate on grain exports to keep the products within
the country, a move that could put more pressure on other markets
around the world.
China food safety event targets global collaboration
Food safety will be the focus of a forum set to take place in China
later this month, which will aim to coordinate global safety
efforts and improve international trade.
New Zealand re-opens milk safety review
The New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) has called for
further testing on two different proteins used in milk production,
just one month after claiming there was no danger in consuming
either of the products.
China price hikes affecting global food chain
Special edition: Food prices
Food and ingredient prices are growing at a faster pace in
China than anywhere else in the world, having serious
repercussions for business both domestically and on an
India gives boost to vanilla farmers
The Indian ministry of commerce is taking steps to help its vanilla
farmers following a dip in world demand for the natural
China trade deal would benefit food sector, says minister
A trade agreement with China would benefit food and
beverage companies in both countries, New Zealand's deputy prime
minister Michael Cullen said yesterday.
Australia prepares rapid food safety amendments
Manufacturers campaigning to amend the Australian Food
Standards Code will have their complaints processed in a much
shorter time, under new regulatory amendments coming
into force next week.
New Zealand authority faces court battle over GM
The Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) will face a
court hearing in March 2008, after an anti-GM group claimed that it
has illegally approved the field testing of genetically modified
Australia pledges extra cash for drought-stricken farmers
Processors world-wide fear wheat shortages, as reduced crops this
summer have led to the government pledging extra funding for
farmers to keep supply levels high.
Australian and New Zealand health claims update
An update on proposed health claim regulations in Australia
and New Zealand, which could have far-reaching results for
European companies, will be given at a conference later this month.
Asia-Pacific heads into food safety battle
In light of global publicity over food scares originating in
Asia-Pacific, the region is now fighting back, both internally and
globally, by making food safety its top priority.
Australia pushes for Korean trade deal
Australia must enter into a trade agreement with Korea or face
losing 12.5 per cent of its food and agricultural exports to the
US, a new report warns.
New Zealand pushes for traffic light labelling
The New Zealand government should impose "traffic light" health
labels on foods and beverages, recommends a parliamentary
China defends its food safety to WHO
China has defended its food safety standards in a notice sent to
the World Health Organisation (WHO), while another food safety
official has been sent to prison for bribery charges.