'Pretzel dog' holds up halal certification for Auntie Anne's in Malaysia

'Pretzel dog' holds up halal certification for Auntie Anne's in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Popular American pretzel chain Auntie Anne's has said it has been unable to get halal certification in Malaysia for, among other reasons, selling "pretzel dogs"

Marigold Milk recalled from supermarket shelves with immediate effect

Marigold Milk recalled from supermarket shelves with immediate effect

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Milk Sdn Bhd is recalling all of its Marigold HL milk from the local market with immediate effect. This was in response to customer feedbacks on the viscosity of its Marigold HL chocolate milk that appeared higher than usual.

Soy protein early in life may help prevent bone loss in adulthood

 Soy protein early in life may help prevent bone loss in adulthood

New research suggests reports that a diet heavy in soy protein isolate during early life can protect against serious bone loss during adulthood.

Taiwan reviews safety of two flour additives

Taiwan reviews safety of two flour additives

Taiwan’s food safety authorities are evaluating whether regulations governing the use of two additives to flour products should be amended.

Seaweed: How a Korean side dish became a hit with US snackers

Seaweed: How a Korean side dish became a hit with US snackers

In half a decade, seaweed has made the leap from traditional Korean side dish to an ingredient making a big impression on the US snacking scene.

 

Spirulina: Is This Algae the Next Superfood?

Spirulina: Is This Algae the Next Superfood?

Being highly regarded as the next superfood - Spirulina has a complete list of proteins, vitamins, essential minerals and omega-3. The Aztecs, who lived in lake Chad, were said to consume Spirulina to meet their nutrition needs. It helped them surviving the famine.

Asia and Africa set to become UK’s biggest suppliers in wake of Brexit

Asia and Africa set to become UK’s biggest suppliers in wake of Brexit

Africa and Asia could take the EU’s place as exporters of fruit and veg for the UK following Brexit, retailers say.

Philippines grocery retail market ‘stands out in Asia’

Philippines grocery retail market ‘stands out in Asia’

Backed by solid economic growth, increasing incomes and strong domestic demand, the Philippines stands out as one of the top burgeoning retail markets in Asia.

Cinnamon’s Surprising Health Benefits: Reasons to Include the Spice in Your Diet

Cinnamon’s Surprising Health Benefits: Reasons to Include the Spice in Your Diet

Cinnamon has been used as long has recorded history itself. The Egyptians used it in their embalming process and even the Old Testament mentions it as one of the ingredients for anointing oils. The ancients knew of cinnamon's health benefits and it was so treasured that at one time, it was said to be more valuable than gold.

Eating cereal fibre could reduce heart disease & cancer deaths – analysis

Eating cereal fibre could reduce heart disease & cancer deaths – analysis

Regularly eating cereal fibre could reduce the risk of heart disease-related deaths by up to 18% and cancer mortality by 15%, a new analysis claims.

One in four Hong Kong soy sauces found to contain traces of carcinogen

One in four Hong Kong soy sauces found to contain traces of carcinogen

More than a quarter of soy sauce brands tested by the Hong Kong Consumer Council have been found to contain a possibly carcinogenic compound, while a similar number failed to meet the most basic overseas quality standards.

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

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