East Asia

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.

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.

 Nestlé invests in driving quality in China's dairy industry

Nestlé invests to upgrade China’s dairy industry

By Jennifer Phang

In a bid to develop modern dairy farming practices in China, Nestlé China has joined forces with local government, investors and farmers to create a training institute in Shuangcheng, in the Heilongijiang province.

China has finally implemented national nutrition labelling laws, effective in 2013

China standardises nutrition labelling guidelines

By Jennifer Phang

In a bid to create unified standards and transparency across packaged products in China, the Ministry of Health has issued nutritional labelling standards, set to commence in January, 2013.

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