Chinas state television combats fictional dangerous food combinations

China's state television broadcasters have taken a strong stance against the widely-practiced Chinese belief that combining certain foods when cooking will produce a fatal poison.

During its annual televised gala for the ‘National Day for Protecting Consumer's Rights’, there was a 13-minute-long segment in which they attempted to debunk a number of pervasive myths about the detrimental combination of specific foods.

Malaysia helps Philippines grow halal industry: official

Malaysia helps Philippines grow halal industry

MANILA – Malaysia said it was helping the Philippines develop its halal market, as it called on increased cooperation among Southeast Asian nations to develop the industry that caters to Muslims.

Malaysia’s halal exports hit RM43.4b in 2017

Malaysia s halal exports hit RM43b
Roti King, a Malaysian restaurant in London

KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 ― The Malaysian halal sector's exports last year rose RM1.2 billion to reach a total of RM43.4 billion.

North Korean Beer Banned For Export Sold as Fake in China
A billboard in China advertises Daedong River Beer in an undated photo. RFA

A popular North Korean beer banned under international sanctions for export outside the country is now being bottled in China and sold to restaurants as a smuggled product, sources living near the border say.

Your Bottled Drinking Water May Contain Plastic Particles

Your Bottled Drinking Water May Contain Plastic Particles

Tests on major brands of bottled water have found that nearly all of them contained tiny particles of plastic.

In the largest investigation of its kind, 250 bottles bought in nine different countries were examined.

India s food safety authority proposes traffic light labelling for foods sold at schools

The regulator believes that using colour-coded labelling will encourage the consumption of healthier ‘green’ foods — mainly fresh fruits and vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, lean meat, eggs and fish — and discourage the consumption of ‘red’ foods — those with high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) content such as deep-fried foods, sugar-sweetened beverages, processed foods and confectionery.

Myanmar food fights back

myanmar food fights back

Amid the recent surge in popularity of foreign cuisine, restaurateurs look to raise the profile of traditional Myanmar food

Korean food. Thai food. European food. Yangonites are increasingly spoiled for choice when choosing where to go for a meal. While broadening one’s culinary horizons can only be a good thing, traditional Myanmar restaurant owners are wondering whether this new found love for all foods foreign means that traditional cuisine will be left by the wayside. 

7 sandwiches of Asia, from Roti John to Noodle Bun

7 sandwiches of asia

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Except for a few countries in Asia, bread is not a staple food in much of the continent.

Perhaps that is why when food vendors do come up with sandwiches, they are quite unusual – and excellent.

war on diabetes

SINGAPORE: In its continued war against diabetes, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has set aside S$15 million to support the food industry in developing lower-sugar desserts, sauces and beverages.

Nestles Milo PR problem spreads to Australia following Sri Lanka and Malaysia spats

Nestlé’s persistent PR problem about the nutritional value and high sugar content of its Milo drink shows no sign of abating after the firm moved “to avoid confusion” over its star rating in Australia, hot on the heels of similar disputes in Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

Nestlé recently announced it is removing its Australian Health Star Rating (HSR) of 4.5 on its powdered Milo product, “pending the Australian Federal Government’s review of the HSR system”​.

In an official statement, the multinational firm said powdered Milo’s HSR of 4.5 had been “correctly calculated under the relevant regulations”​.

Plump but malnourished health of urban poor children a ticking time bomb

NUR Hayati Elia, 13, didn’t have a proper breakfast and looked worn out as she walked home from school to her flat at the People's Housing Project (PPR) in Kampung Baru Ayer Panas, Kuala Lumpur.

There was no lunch waiting for her either. Her first proper meal for the day will be dinner that her mother usually brought home after work. But this was her daily routine, she said.

The ‘Tea-rrific’ way teas are made

There are normally two kinds of special breeds in the world, the tea lovers and the coffee addicts. The tea folks tend to see themselves as a more sophisticated ‘nobili-tea’ (pun intended) that are sometimes misunderstood for their unflinching loyalty to their tea. Unlike a coffee drinker who needs that cup of Joe each morning to function like normal human being, a tea lover usually chooses when and where to slowly sip on their liquid enjoyment.

southeast Asia a hotspot for antibiotic abuse
Thousands of chickens are seen in a poultry farm in Bogor on the outskirts of Jakarta. Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food is rife in Southeast Asia, a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official said on Wednesday, warning of serious risks for people and animals as bacterial infections become more resistant to treatment.

Plastic found in mussels from Arctic to China enters human food

plastic found in mussels from arctic to china enters human food

OSLO ― Tiny bits of plastic are contaminating mussels from the European Arctic to China in a sign of the global spread of ocean pollution that can end up on people's dinner plates.

Mussels in apparently pristine Arctic waters had most plastic of any tested along the Norwegian coast, according to a study this month by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA).

Vegan Scrambled Eggs From Just Arrive In Asia

Vegan Scrambled Eggs From Just Arrive In Asia

JUST, formerly the brand Hampton Creek that’s best known for disrupting the mayonnaise industry, has begun its launch into Asia with its groundbreaking Just Scramble, the new vegan egg product made from mung beans. The Bay Area company is also bringing its flagship Just Mayo product and its Just Ranch dressing products to the booming Asian market.

JUST began launching in Hong Kong this week at the Green Common, a marketplace that brings together plant-based food and shopping in the destination city. The companies have been hosting tasting sessions with media and influencers to kick-off the launch.

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