Food & Commodity

The presence of high levels of ethylene oxide in India's MDH and Everest spice brands, have raised questions about their safety. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

India's popular spice makers MDH and Everest, are currently under FDA's radar after high levels of ethylene oxide were found in their spice blends

Hong Kong's recent suspension of three MDH spice blends and an Everest spice mix for fish curries along with Singapore's recall of the Everest spice mix, have raised questions about the safety of these products. Singapore has claimed the presence of high levels of ethylene oxide (ETO), a pesticide that poses a cancer risk with long exposure, thus deeming these products unfit for human consumption.  

According to a report by Business Today, the Indian Spices Board has agreed to commence mandatory ETO testing of these consignments, stating that it is working with exporters of these recalled consignments to investigate the root cause and propose corrective measures. 

The 'PARTNER TO GROW… Sustainably Together' initiative aims to continuously support business partners, particularly SMEs. (Image source: CP Foods)

Through its 'PARTNER TO GROW… Sustainably Together' initiative, Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CP Foods), a conglomerate in the agro-industrial and food business is steadfast in fostering robust and sustainable partnerships within the supply chain 

Building on the success of the first year of the project, CP Foods recognises the importance of implementing best practices to elevate operational efficiency, environmental stewardship, and adherence to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles. This year, the company has extended the project's scope to encompass medium-sized enterprises and large enterprise suppliers across the entire food supply chain, thereby enhancing partners' competitiveness and generating new business opportunities, fostering mutual growth.

Furthermore, CP Foods is committed to supporting more SME suppliers through diverse activities offered under the SMEs Plus programme that aim to cultivate essential knowledge and skills among partners to ensure the delivery of high-quality products, efficient resource and energy management, waste reduction, low-carbon product development, and preparedness to adapt to global changes and trade regulations concerning climate change. Examples of these projects include Value Chain Cost Optimisation, low-cost and eco-friendly practices, Environmental Preservation, Carbon Footprint Reduction, and SME Development Programmes on Food Safety.

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Imagindairy and Ginkgo Bioworks collaborate to develop and produce animal-free non-whey dairy proteins. (Image source: Ginkgo Bioworks)

Imagindairy, an Israeli-based foodtech company dedicated to revolutionising the dairy industry with sustainable and commercially viable animal-free dairy proteins, has joined forces with Ginkgo Bioworks, a leader in cell programming and biosecurity, in an exciting new partnership 

The event reinforced CIAC’s reputation as an annual ‘gathering of the minds’ for Canada-connected individuals in Asia. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

The Canada-in-Asia Conference 2024 (CIAC2024) which took place from 26–29 February in Singapore, concluded on a successful note

Launched by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) and Universities Canada (UnivCan), the conference which received more than 460 attendees from across Canada and more than 35 cities across the Indo-Pacific region, focused on two thematic areas namely, agri-food and climate solutions. 

Experts, investors, policy-makers, researchers, business leaders, and innovators from across Asia and Canada gathered at the event to exchange perspectives, knowledge, and ideas and to create collaborative partnerships in these two critical sectors. 

Over four days at the Pan Pacific Singapore, CEOs, business leaders, and representatives from Canadian chambers of commerce networked with trade commissioners, investors, leading academics, and policy experts to build partnerships and discuss the most pressing issues in Canada-Asia co-operation, trade, value chains, security, applied science, sustainable development, and investment in the agri-food and climate spaces. The event reinforced CIAC’s reputation as an annual ‘gathering of the minds’ for Canada-connected individuals in Asia.

Moreover, a complementary component of CIAC2024 was the Venture into Sustainability (ViS) programme which was presented by APF Canada in collaboration with Anchor Asia (Anchor Taiwan) and supported by the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy of the Government of Canada. The programme featured a curated delegation of Asia-based and Canada-based investors, select Canadian technology startups, government officials from Canada and Asia, and accelerators/incubators in the region’s innovation ecosystem.

“With the dual themes of food security and climate solutions endorsed by attendees at our inaugural Canada-in-Asia Conference in 2023, CIAC2024 successfully exposed key players in Asia and Canada to each other’s thinking and innovations and their needs and priorities,” said Jeff Nankivell, president and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. “As we look ahead to CIAC2025 next February in Singapore, our annual Canada-in-Asia Conferences represent a new signature, can’t-miss-event for Canada-connected people from across Asia and Asia-engagers from across Canada to deepen engagement and strengthen collaboration between our two dynamic regions.”

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Using IoT technology, SGP Foods' VertiStacks vertical farming solution helps farmers save on water, fertiliser, labour, and land. (Image source: SGP Foods)

Acknowledging the urgent need to combat the effects of climate change and ensure food security, top Singapore sustainability technology company, SGP Foods has advocated sustainability and carbon crediting for food production and the environment

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