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Philippines’ proposed salt tax slammed by lawmakers

By RJ Whitehead

A Philippines law designed to tax each excess milligram of sodium relative to guidelines has met with strong opposition at committee stage after one representative remarked that such a levy would add PHP534 (US$10.74) to the price of a pack of instant...

Lhasa KFC opens its doors to divided opinion

China direct

Lhasa KFC opens its doors to divided opinion

By RJ Whitehead

Pressure groups have been lining up to criticise the opening of KFC’s first store in Tibet last week, while China’s official news agency labelled their reaction “a desperate cry”.

UAE heart attack victims tend to be much younger than elsewhere

UAE plans law to cut salt and fat in food

By Eliot Beer

The UAE is planning to introduce a new law restricting levels of salt and fat in packaged food, officials from the country’s Ministry of Health have said.


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