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Walmart Triples Food Safety Spending In China After Donkey Meat Disaster

Yesterday, Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, announced that it will invest 300 million yuan ($48 million US or about $51 million AUD) into improving its food safety in China by the end of 2015, after fox DNA was discovered in packages labelled as “Five Spice” donkey meat in January. This investment, originally projected at 100 …

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New laws in China to tackle rampant food safety problems

Infected snail meat, poisonous mushrooms, goat meat marinated in duck urine to make it taste and smell like lamb – these are just some of the culinary delights that China’s food industry have served to its citizens since 2006. In a move to clean up China’s international reputation for appalling food safety, new food safety laws will …

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Baby Formula Safety

Australasian Baby Formula Representatives Visit China

Members of the Infant Nutrition Council (INC) representing New Zealand and Australian infant formula makers will appear at the 13th annual Shanghai International Children-Baby-Maternity Products Expo from July 17 to 19. Their appearance at the Chinese show comes in the wake of questions regarding the safety of Australasian baby formulas. Trade Partners Meet  The INC …

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Baby Formula Investigation

New Zealand Government to Investigate Infant Formula

In the face of tough global criticism, the New Zealand government will review the nation’s infant formula sector. The comprehensive investigation aims to strengthen and protect the quality of New Zealand’s infant formula, both at home and off shore. China’s Share Following China’s melamine scandal in 2008, New Zealand’s infant formula industry grew rapidly as …

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Through the Looking Glass

We are all concerned about food safety. But how would you feel if you opened a tin of seafood and saw glass shards inside? Well, some people have been reporting seeing such items to ‘Food Standards Australia New Zealand’.  This is a case of mistaken identity. While this is not a very common event, it …

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Local Fruit Is the Best Option

Apple and Pear Australia is an initiative that supports the local growing of these products instead of consumers choosing to purchase imported items. Consumers do have a choice when they visit the supermarket and they can pick locally grown produce if they would like. However, it can be very easy to pick up imported items …

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Salt

Despite Calls for Lower Sodium, Salt Levels in Food Goes Up

In the past few years, several government authorities have been calling for support in movements to lower the sodium levels in foods. In fact, the World Heart Foundation created a program called the “Heart Foundation Tick”. When food manufacturers maintain less than a certain level of sodium in their products, they receive the endorsement from …

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Fish

Lionfish May Contain Ciguatoxins

Ciguatoxins are cause for concern for those who manufacture fish-based food products or for those who consume different seafood regularly. Recently, the United States Food and Drug Administration has introduced a new warning that two different types of lionfish have also been found to contain dangerous levels of the toxins. These poisons are responsible for …

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GM Food

Non-GMO Certification Launched by HACCP

Genetically modified foods are becoming more of a concern than ever now that they are being sold worldwide. There are differences of opinion about whether or not genetically modified (GMO) foods are dangerous for human consumption. Most food testing groups agree that there is no cause for concern as long as the products undergo strict …

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Do You Need to Be Concerned about Antibiotics in Food?

Antibiotics are extremely important medications to treat a variety of different infections. Without them, there would be a much higher mortality rate from bacteria. While the medication is so important, it must be used sparingly because the human body is capable of building up something called antibiotic resistance, which can make the medications much less …

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