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Malaysia: Application Procedure for Malaysian Halal Certification for International Manufacturing

Malaysia | 21 12, 2023

On 21 December 2023, the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) notified of the application procedure for the Malaysian Halal Certification for International Manufacturing. This application procedure will affect food products amongst other items. Application is open for companies registered in Malaysia. Applicants who are eligible to apply for the Halal Certificate are categorised as follows: Branches Subsidiaries company Importers Distributor/ trader Agents in Malaysia The application form can be obtained from here. This form must be completed and accompanied with relevant documents as follows: Cover letter of application explaining; brief information on the application summary of raw materials/ ingredients Registration of company in Malaysia Manufactu...

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 Singapore

Singapore: Nutri-Grade

Singapore | 06 05, 2024

On 06 May 2024, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) held a dialogue session with food service establishments on possible measures on sodium and saturated fat, with a focus on salt, sauces, seasonings, instant noodles, and co...

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 Philippines

Philippines: Nutrient Profile Model

Philippines | 14 05, 2024

On 14 May 2024, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) held a meeting entitled a A Public Consultation on the Philippine Nutrient Profile Model (PNPM), centred around the shared "near final" version of the PNPM (dated 25 March 2024). During the meeting...

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 Thailand

Thailand: MOPH Notification No. 394 B.E. 2561 (Re: Food Products Required to Bear Nutrition Labelling and Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) Labelling)

Thailand | 05 01, 2024

On 05 January 2024, the Thailand Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified on the gazettation of MOPH No. 446 B.E. 2566 (2023) on foods products required to bear nutrition labelling and Guidelines D...

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 China

China: General Standard for the Labelling of Prepackaged Foods (GB7718-2011)

China | 26 03, 2024

On 26 March 2024, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) of China announced several detailed guidelines, encouraging food businesses to improve the labelling of production dates and she...

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 Vietnam

Vietnam: Extended Producer Responsibility

Vietnam | 20 03, 2024

In March 2024, the draft Decree 08/2022 guiding the implementation of the Law on Environment Protection was submitted to the government. While the dossier is currently not puclicly available, sources...

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Singapore's Hospital Offer Plant-Based Menu Options as Part of Sustainability Drive

Singapore | Mar 11, 2024

Several hospitals in Singapore have introduced plant-based options on inpatient menus as part of their sustainability efforts. These options are offered to patients with no additional cost and have been evaluated by dietiatins to ensure they are heal...

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Korea MFDS Proposed Revisions to “Act on Labelling and Advertising of Foods"

South Korea | Jan 05, 2024

On 05 January 2024, the Korea Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) proposed revisions to the “Act on Labelling and Advertising of Foods". Due to the recent rise in inflation and raw material prices, some companies have taken advantage o...

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Malaysia Environment Minister Sees Single-Use Plastic Ban to be Impossible By 2025

Malaysia | May 19, 2024

In an interview with the Malaysia's Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability Minister in May, Minister Nik Nazmi Ahmad had stated that it is impossible for Malaysia to eliminate the use of single-use plastics by 2025 due to challenges at th...

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Food Packaging Association with Microplastics Consumption

Others | May 10, 2024

A recent study released by Cornell University in April 2024 modelled how microplastic uptake changed over time and how different countries were impacted. Dietary intake was found to be particularly high in Southeast Asia due to a high seafood consump...

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EU Updates of Food Contact and BPA Regulation

Europe | May 17, 2024

On May 6 to 7, 2024, the European Commission's working group on food contact materials convened to provide an update on the FCM and BPA regulation status. It indicated that a study to determine the definition of sustainable FCMs should be completed b...

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Malaysia's Ministry of Health Looking to Introduce FOPNL for Sugar Sweetened Beverages

Malaysia | May 16, 2024

On 16 May 2024, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad was reported as saying Malaysia's Ministry of Health (MOH) will soon launch a "war on sugar" , encompassing promoting a healthy lifestyle and health literacy, in an effort to stem the rise...

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WHO Commences Online Consultation on 2025-2030 World Health Assembly Global Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition Targets and Proposal for Process Indicators

Others | May 13, 2024

On 13 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a discussion paper to facilitate dialogue among Member States, civil society, academics, and other UN agencies on the outcome and process maternal, infant, and young child nutrition targets for...

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India Request Codex to Set Limits on Ethylene Oxide in Spices

Others | May 15, 2024

On 15 May 2024, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has requested the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH) to set limits on the use of ethylene oxide in spices. This comes amid a sales ban on Indian spices from In...

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