Mead Johnson Nutrition: A Danone target?

Is Danone feeling the need for Mead?

28-Jul-2014 -  Danone shares rose today as rumours strengthened the French dairy giant would sell its medical and paediatric nutrition business (Nutricia), but is the firm streamlining its activities around its core foods businesses or just shifting infant-medical gears?

Malaysian media accuses UK economic policy think tank of a conflict of interest given contact with the Malaysian Palm Oil Council and the country’s government.

UK think tank denies Malaysian palm oil conflict of interest accusations

28-Jul-2014 - The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has said categorically it does not accept state money, following accusations by a Malaysian media outlet that the UK think tank is in bed with the Malaysian Palm Oil Council and the country’s government.

Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University entrance

US-China collaboration will have ‘significant impact’ on food safety

28-Jul-2014 - A Californian college has joined with one of China’s leading agricultural universities in the first step to establishing a Sino-US food safety research centre.

Researchers develop new system to test for mercury in water

Researchers develop new system to test for mercury in water

28-Jul-2014 - A new ultra-sensitive, low-cost and portable system for detecting mercury in environmental water has been developed by researchers in Adelaide.

Han Zheng, secretary of the Communist Party of China Shanghai Municipal Committee

Shanghai municipal chief urges greater protection for whistleblowers

28-Jul-2014 - Journalists and whistleblowers should be given more protection as they expose food safety scandals, Shanghai’s chief official told a municipal meeting in the wake of last week’s expired meat scandal that has embroiled a number of international fast food chains.

Researchers: "...the gut lining doesn’t metabolise folic acid to 5-MTHF anywhere near as efficiently as it metabolises natural folates..."

Folates not folic acid for flour fortification, urge researchers

25-Jul-2014 - New findings that the body is less efficient at metabolising folic acid than natural folates could inform policy-making decisions as the UK government considers mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid.

Tate& Lyle have delivered below-target results for Q1, but expect to be 'broadly in line' with full year expectations.

Tate & Lyle miss first-quarter profit target

25-Jul-2014 - Ingredients giant Tate & Lyle has said that group operating profit from Q1 fell below expectation after it was hit by poor weather and exchange rates.

General manager and quality control boss arrested in Husi scandal

General manager and quality control boss arrested in Husi scandal

25-Jul-2014 - One of the five employees arrested in China’s latest food-safety scandal has been named as the general manager of the US-owned Shanghai Husi Foods operation, while another is the head of its quality control department, police have revealed.

Malaysians still bugged about eating insects

Malaysians still bugged about eating insects

25-Jul-2014 - Many Southeast Asians might wonder what all the fuss is all about as the insect ingredient industry looks at ways to make dietary bugs more enticing to Western consumers. 

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China overtakes US to become world’s largest economy in PPP

25-Jul-2014 - An economic milestone occurs this year as China overtakes the US to become the world’s largest economy in purchase power parity, or PPP.

Sri Lanka will 'set the pace' for India in milk yield and quality

Sri Lanka will 'set the pace' for India in milk yield and quality: Wellard

24-Jul-2014 - Sri Lanka will soon "set the pace" for neighboring India in terms of milk quality and yield per cow, Australia's largest livestock exporter, Wellard Rural Exports, has claimed.

A screen grab of the Dragon TV footage

Scandal-hit CEO brands own company's practices ‘unacceptable'

24-Jul-2014 - The chief executive of OSI Group, the American owner of the meat processor under investigation by Chinese authorities for supplying expired meat to international fast-food chains including McDonald’s and KFC, has “sincerely apologised” for events over the last week.

A high salt diet could double the risk of type 2 diabetes 'complications' including heart disease, say researchers.

High-salt diet could double threat of heart disease in people with diabetes: Study

24-Jul-2014 - People with type 2 diabetes who eat a diet high in salt may face twice the risk of developing cardiovascular disease as those who consume less sodium, according to new research.

Oz government should copy UK’s practice of sourcing local produce

Oz government should copy UK’s practice of sourcing local produce

24-Jul-2014 - Australia should follow Britain’s lead and put in place a plan to source government-procured food from local suppliers and producers, said AusVeg, the national peak industry body for Australian vegetable and potato growers.

Premium brands will lead as China’s beer economy leapfrogs that of US

Premium brands will lead as China’s beer economy leapfrogs that of US

24-Jul-2014 - Now double the size of its American counterpart, China's beer market is an exciting place to be for international brewers in spite of protectionist controls put in place by its authorities.

A bench test of Verde Media's heterotrophic omega-3s production technology

Verde Media forges ahead on production of low-cost microbial omega-3s

23-Jul-2014 - Verde Media Group is moving forward with construction of a pilot plant in Asia that will validate its production technology that the company said will yield lower cost omega-3s from heterotrophic algae.

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Job cuts proposed at botulism scare impacted Fonterra Canpac plant

23-Jul-2014 - Fonterra has acknowledged that proposed job losses at its under-capacity Canpac packing plant can be attributed in part to last year's whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare.

Asia cocoa grind up 5%

Asia cocoa grind up 5%

23-Jul-2014 - The amount of cocoa processed in Asia in the second quarter (Q2) grew 5.21%, according to figures from the Cocoa Association of Asia.

Asapha Powell, the Jamaican sprinter, recently blamed a supplement for a failed drugs test

Anti-doping lab now targeting Australian sports nutrition market

23-Jul-2014 - Now with backing from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), international anti-doping laboratory LGC is moving to test nutritional supplements for prohibited substances Down Under.

A screen shot from the Dragon TV exposé

Five arrested as meat scandal spreads to more international chains

23-Jul-2014 - As more American companies are embroiled in China’s latest food safety scandal, five people have been detained following a probe into a company that allegedly supplied stale meat to fast-food outlets.