Junk Food

Bangladesh to get 10% fast food levy

Bangladesh to get 10% fast food levy

By RJ Whitehead

Bangladesh’s finance minister announced to parliament that he was committed to imposing new taxes on fast food as a health measure.

Food processing minister resumes crusade to charm foreign investors

South Asia radius

Food processing minister resumes crusade to charm foreign investors

By RJ Whitehead

India’s food processing minster has returned home after a trade tour to Japan, where she met executives of close to a dozen food companies in a bid to attract them to invest in production in India—at a time when few others are following that route.

India has potential to be one of world’s biggest food processors

South Asia radius

India has potential to be one of world’s biggest food processors

By RJ Whitehead

With nearly a tenth of the world's arable land and a fifth of its irrigated farming, India is one the world's largest producer of milk, pluses, ginger, bananas, guavas and mangoes. It also ranks second in the world for rice, wheat, vegetable...

Fat tax on the cards for next month’s Budget

South Asia radius

Fat tax on the cards for next month’s Budget

By RJ Whitehead

Budget watchers are predicting an increase to taxes on fast food and sugary drinks on February 1 after senior ministers put pressure on the prime minister to introduce a health levy.

Traders demand withdrawal of advisories after latest FSSAI setback

South Asia radius

Traders demand withdrawal of advisories after latest FSSAI setback

By RJ Whitehead

Indian traders have written to the health minister to demand that any advisory issued by the country’s food regulator over the last two years be withdrawn after a court bench ruled the government watchdog had overstepped its mandate.

Critical windows to turn away junk food craving

Australia

Critical windows to turn away junk food craving

By RJ Whitehead

University of Adelaide researchers have shown there are two critical windows during the developmental pathway to adulthood when exposure to junk food is most harmful, particularly for female offspring.

Court-appointed panel split over junk food ban near schools

Court-appointed panel split over junk food ban near schools

By Ankush Chibber

Banning junk food near schools, one of India’s biggest and long-running public health issues, seems like it will continue some more after industry officials and health activists on a court–appointed panel were unable to forge a common direction. 

Junk food industry should prepare for plain and graphic label debate

Opinion

Junk food industry should prepare for plain and graphic label debate

By RJ Whitehead

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the adoption of plain and highly graphic packaging last year by the Australian tobacco industry has led to a marked reduction in smoking, albeit in a very short time. And when you see some of the frightening images on...

Indian schools to ban junk food in 2013

Indian schools to ban junk food in 2013

By Ankush Chibber

Junk food will be banned from sale in and around Indian schools after India’s food agency indicated it would follow guidance from a local court to restrict their availability.