With more than 1,000 pesticides used in agriculture, the food industry and its regulators work hard to protect consumers from potentially dangerous levels of pesticide residues. This article explores issues in Asia, the regulatory updates, preferred testing mthods and MRL harmonisation status of the region. By Amornpun Dajsiripun, food specialist, SGS Thailand

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Powdered ingredients are widely used in the manufacture of food products. The use of the right mixing equipment is key to not only prevent lumping, but also to increase productivity, enhance product quality and reduce energy costs. By Frédéric Liot, Industry Manager Food, Alfa Laval and Michael Stenderup, Portfolio Manager, Mixers and Agitators, Alfa Laval

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Overweight and obesity are growing global concerns that should be tackled as soon and as best as possible. One solution could be through activity equivalent calorie labelling, which would open consumers’ eyes to their daily caloric intake and encourage them to make healthier choices. By Shirley Cramer CBE, chief executive, RSPH

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Mark Sykes, scientific advisor at Fera Science Limited in the UK, reports on the increasing demand for Halal certification and proficiency testing around the world as demand for Halal products soars.

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Food safety is a top priority for food manufacturing companies today, increasing the demand for inspection systems. What should companies be mindful of and what tips can they use to stay ahead of the changing standards for product inspection?

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Consumers want to have more say in the products coming their way, but before that, manufacturers should understand how consumers think and make purchasing decisions. Priscillia Ooi, marketing director, Asia-Pacific, Puratos Malaysia, shares more with APFI on the findings of their recent global consumer survey.

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Gordon Young, Food Industry Engineering, Australia, and Dennis Forte, Dennis Forte & Associates, Australia discuss aspects of food and feed extrusion, and how they relate to the expansion/bulk density of products.

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The catering industry, like all food and beverage industry sectors, is growing strong today. Jerry Sim, director, Strategic Business, Lavish, shares more with APFI on how the industry has changed and what can be expected for the future. By Michelle Cheong

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The future of food is in “convenience.” Why is this so, and how can manufacturers incorporate it into their products? Laureen Goi, general manager, Export Sales & Marketing, Tee Yih Jia Food Manufacturing Private Limited, shares more with APFI. By Michelle Cheong

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How does one stay atop the seafood industry? Novelle Lim, general manager, Sales, Thong Siek Food Industry Private Limited, shares more with APFI on this. By Michelle Cheong

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