Insects Could Be Tomorrow’s Meat

Insects Could Be Tomorrow’s Meat

Low in saturated fats and packed with essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, farm-raised insects could be the most promising way forward to feed the planet.

Thiamine-fortified fish sauce could help combat beriberi

Fish sauce fortified with thiamine could help fight cases of beriberi in Southeast Asia – a public health concern caused by thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency.

Nutrition fact panels less effective than front-of-pack claims for unhealthy shoppers

Nutrition fact panels less effective than front-of-pack claims for unhealthy shoppers

Detailed nutritional fact panels are less likely to influence non-health conscious shoppers than general front-of-pack health claims, a new study suggests.

Fortifying In Asia

Fortifying In Asia

Fortifying foods is not a new trend, but it is a move that manufacturers are commonly adopting now, whether to address deficiencies in vitamins and minerals for consumers, or to enhance the appeal of their products with these added health benefits. But what exactly is fortification, why do we need to fortify foods, and what can be said of the future for fortification? Lee Wei Xuan, research analyst, Euromonitor International, tells APFI more. By Michelle Cheong

Fighting food allergies with red algae

Fighting food allergies with red algae

Gracilaria lemaneiformis, an edible algae in the category of seaweed are low-calorie and packed with nutrients. In addition, now scientists have found that a type of commercial red algae could help counteract food allergies.

Gelatin—The Solution for Natural, Healthy Indulgence

Today’s food manufacturers are always looking for natural solutions to meet consumer demands for healthier products. What if there were a single ingredient that could help them do so? Introducing gelatin, a ‘one-stop’ solution for many product applications for the food industry. By Paul Stevens, global R&D and application director, Rousselot.

Traceability Software to Drive Malaysia’s Durian Exports

Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation has developed a traceability software to track the quality of its premium durians in order to boost exports.

China and Argentina agree landmark beef deal

Argentina is celebrating the renewal of a beef deal with China, despite a crackdown on antibiotics contamination which saw a large shipment of its meat destroyed by China.

‘Healthy fat’ claims growing as consumer awareness rises

‘Healthy fat’ claims growing as consumer awareness rises

On-pack claims for ‘good fat’ are on the rise as manufacturers begin to tap in to changing consumer sentiment, says Mintel.

Safer fruit and veg target for Bangladesh project

Safer fruit and veg target for Bangladesh project

Improving the safety of the Bangladeshi fruit and vegetable sector is the target of a SWITCH-Asia project which runs until the end of 2019.

Declining nutrient intakes still a worry in growing China, researchers say

Declining nutrient intakes still a worry in growing China, researchers say

Despite economic growth and reduction in income poverty, calorie intakes and nutritional wellbeing are declining in China, warn researchers.

Palm oil industry under fire as Indonesia’s haze drama continues

Palm oil industry under fire as Indonesia’s haze drama continues

Haze from slash-and-burn agricultural has returned to Southeast Asia this year. Is it enough to wait for regulators to bring the (mainly palm oil) culprits to justice? Asian resource legal experts Rick Beckmann and Kresna Panggabean enter the storm.

Korea and Japan the top buyers of US beef

Korea and Japan the top buyers of US beef

Asian markets outside of China, notably South Korea and Japan, were the biggest buyers of US beef in July, according to trade data from the US Meat Export Federation.

Maharashtra looks at fast-food fat tax to curb obesity

Maharashtra looks at fast-food fat tax to curb obesity

The state of Maharashtra is considering imposing a so-called “fat tax” on fast food in a bid to push residents into eating more healthily.

Look out Japan, scientists are cultivating Norwegian nori in the lab

Look out Japan, scientists are cultivating Norwegian nori in the lab

Japan’s billion dollar nori industry, which produces 350,000 tonnes of edible and nutraceutical seaweed lauded for a multitude of beneficial health effects, could have a new competitor…Norway.

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