News brief: Asia-Pacific tackles BSE, obesity, GM and food prices
China bemoans food prices, Korea fears for its safety
standards, while New Zealand tackles the obesity crisis and
declares GM onions to be scandal free.
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
New Zealand toasts wine export success
New Zealand's wine producers will be raising a glass to a
successful 2007 after posting record annual exports sales of
NZ$700m (€361m), a 36 per cent increase over last year.
Australian proposals target acrylamide and GM
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (Fsanz) is considering five
new ingredients and additives for use by the food industry,
the regulator announced today.
Climate concerns form over New Zealand dairy boom
As New Zealand's dairy industry continues to profit from increased
prices, politicians have hit out at the environmental impacts of
the resulting rise in production.
New Zealand invests to facilitate food exports
New Zealand today launched a major initiative to boost its food and
beverage exports, including NZ$19m earmarked for new market
development and a roadmap for innovations.
New Zealand campylobacter fight shows early promise
New Zealand's fight against campylobacter is beginning to show
signs of promise, after years of problems, the national regulator
said last week.
Food allergies rise 12-fold in Australian children
Food allergies in Australian children have risen 12-fold since 1995
and there is an "urgent need" for further research into the trend,
according to a new study.
Australia launches logo for home-grown foods
The Australian government last week unveiled a new logo for food
products either produced or grown in the country.
Australian GM report sparks canola controversy
Australia can adopt commercialised genetically modified (GM) canola
production without compromising its organic agriculture, say new
findings from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and
Resource Economics (ABARE).
Australian processors urged to drop the salt
Australian food processors and formulators are set to come under
further pressure to reformulate their products as the country's
latest "Drop The Salt!" campaign kicks off in Sydney
Association blasts New Zealand inspection plan
Plans by the New Zealand government to streamline meat inspections
services to a single provider were branded as
"misguided" late last week by one of the country's leading
Asia vital to future of Australian food exports
Special edition: Global food trade
Australia's food and beverage sectors dominate the
country's export market, but with global and regional trade
becoming increasingly competitive, their continued health is far