Indonesia could swap import licences with tariffs for some commodities

Rumblings in Jakarta suggest that Indonesia is prepared to abolish its import licensing system for some food commodities, and replace it with a tariff system to ease pressure on the economy.

Roti 1Malaysia will be your new favourite snack

A typical Roti that is stretched, thinned and garnished with ingredients that represents the races in Malaysia.

Leading the Pack In Asia’s Sports Nutrition Market

Asia is rapidly emerging as an important market for sports nutrition products. Manufacturers who want to stand out from the crowd should turn to a ‘secret’ natural ingredient.

Several superfoods are now becoming mainstream in Japan because consumers are acutely aware of the “nutrient powerhouses” and their functional benefits.

DHA supplement benefits older adults with mild cognitive impairment: China study

A new Chinese study has shown omega-3 supplementation improved IQ among older people with mild cognitive impairment.

Aged garlic shows antioxidant promise, but not cholesterol-lowering potential: Study

Aged garlic has greater antioxidant potential that the raw version, but was found not to lower cholesterol in hypercholesterolemic individuals, a Singapore study has reported.

Cocoa compound shows appetite-controlling potential

Cocoa compound shows appetite-controlling potential

Epicatechin – compound found in cocoa – may reduce food intake, and subsequently help control appetite and weight management, says a new study.

No more cooking oil subsidies

No more cooking oil subsidies

KUALA LUMPUR: In just 12 days, cooking in Malaysia will get costlier with cooking oil prices going up.

Myanmar: Half of population over 40 has high cholesterol, one-in-three has hypertension

Specialists in Myanmar are warning that unhealthy lifestyles and the low intake of essential vitamins and minerals is leading cardiovascular problems to spiral out of control.

TheRicebowl.Asia’s Take: Nutrient deficiencies among the Khmer people should be taken seriously by the governing body to avoid further health deterioration. Campaigns regarding cardiovascular health should also be immediately rolled out in order to equip the public with useful knowledge of prevention and maintaining overall health.

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Hong Kong still prosecuting only very few food safety complaints

Hong Kong still prosecuting only very few food safety complaints

Fewer than 3% of complaints against Hong Kong food vendors have end in prosecution this year, at a time when reports of food-safety violations are increasing.

'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

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

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.


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