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US union blasts ‘mistreatment’ of McDonald’s China franchisees

By RJ Whitehead

A powerful American union has launched a service to help McDonald’s franchisees in China protect themselves from the financial risks posed by the company’s proposed sale of its 20-year franchise rights, valued at more than $2 billion. 

The Kit Kat sushi is available until February 14.

SPOTLIGHT JAPAN

Have a break...have a Kit Kat sushi

By Gary Scattergood

Japan is known for its love of weird and wacky Kit Kat flavours, but Nestlé might have just taken the biscuit with its sushi version.

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India may allow vegetable fats in chocolate

By Oliver Nieburg

Vegetable fats such as palm oil may be permitted in chocolate up to 5% under draft regulation from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

Huishan Dairy sold only 56 cans of its flagship infant formula product in a week in the wake of the scandal

Investigation

Milk scandal raises questions over China's new food safety law

By Dominic Morgan, CCM

Another dairy scandal has raged across Chinese media over the last month, overshadowing the introduction of China’s much-touted new food safety law and casting further doubts over the government’s ability to bring the country’s chaotic food supply chain...

The National People's Congress is China's apex legislature

China

China gives new food law more teeth and tougher penalties

By RJ Whitehead

The standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress, the country’s top legislature, has voted to adopt an amendment to the food safety law that proscribes the heaviest penalties yet to offenders.

Philippines health secretary Janette Loreto-Garin

Philippines

Filipino food safety Act given more teeth and oversight

By RJ Whitehead

Ministers in the Philippines have signed off the regulatory side of their country’s Food Safety Act 2013, bringing new levels of oversight to the industry and placing greater responsibility onto companies to ensure greater traceability.

US health foods body adds weight to China regulatory reform debate

China

US health foods body adds weight to China regulatory reform debate

By RJ Whitehead

The US Natural Products Association has joined industry body the US-China Health Products Association in calling Chinese food regulators to change their definition of dietary health supplements to give importers clearer access to the market.

Codex sets new maximum levels for lead and arsenic

Asia

Codex sets new maximum levels for lead and arsenic

By RJ Whitehead

With the safety of infant formula and Asia’s reliance on rice never far from the headlines, the United Nations body responsible for food standards has now set new acceptable levels of lead in the former and arsenic in the region’s biggest crop.

The FDA says US food is safe from pesticide contamination.

US food safe from pesticide contamination

By Jenni Spinner

A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) representitive claims that consumers can rest assured that the recent deaths of Indian schoolchildren from pesticide-contaminated lunches will not repeat in America.

Beijing gets tough on lax food safety standards

Beijing gets tough on lax food safety standards

By RJ Whitehead

The Beijing municipal government will soon introduce a strict law, as well as an accountability system, to ensure food safety in the city. The move follows measures recently taken by Shanghai to blacklist firms that ignore health regulations.

FSANZ wants input from industry on GM corn line

FSANZ body calls for submission on GM corn line application

By Ankush Chibber

The trans-Tasman food standards watchdog has called for submissions on an application to change the Food Standards Code to allow food derived from a genetically modified (GM) corn line to be sold in the region.

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