GM labeling, omega-3 adulteration, wine traceability and more in our round-up

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GM Marking: Chinese Consumers Are Ready to Pay for Traceability Codes and the Presence of Allergens for Soybean Oil – Survey

Chinese consumers are willing to pay more for increased mandatory labeling of genetically modified (GM) soybean oil, according to new data funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

The results showed that 62% of consumers were in favor of increased mandatory labeling of GM soybean oil and were willing to pay for traceability codes, followed by allergen presence and nutrient and composition changes.

China is currently introducing mandatory labeling for 17 GM products, including soybeans, corn, cotton and tomatoes, which only indicate GM status. However, this only distinguishes genetically modified foods from non-genetically modified foods.

Omega-3 Adulteration: Almost half of the products purchased on Asian e-commerce sites do not meet the claims for a single species label

Nine out of 19 omega-3 products bought through well-known Asian e-commerce sites and marketed as a single type did not contain the ingredients listed on the labels, according to new data.

The products were purchased through either Tmall or Lazada from the Norwegian laboratory and authentication technology company ORIVO.

They selected products that specifically claimed that the omega-3 source was based on a single species and / or specific geographic location.

Nine out of 19 products, including those that claimed to be 100% salmon, krill and cod oils, did not meet the requirements on the label.

No sour grapes: The Australian team’s new technique has a 100% success rate in determining the origin of the wine

Just as the man who became known worldwide through a Netflix documentary describing how he cheated wine collectors out of millions of dollars was deported to his native Indonesia, a team of scientists from Australia believes a quick and easy method has been found to have to authenticate wine and end the world wine fraud.

Rudy Kurniawan was deported from the US to Jakarta last week after serving seven years in prison after prosecutors said he made millions of dollars from 2004 to 2012 drinking cheaper Napa and Burgundy wines at his Los Angeles home have filled fake bottles.

The scheme was told in the 2016 Netflix documentary Sour Grapes. In total, Kurniawan may have sold up to 12,000 bottles of counterfeit wine, many of which may still remain in collections. He was sentenced to pay $ 37 million in compensation and forfeit $ 26 million in property to seven victims.

In Adelaide, researchers have developed a means of authenticating wine that could put an end to the multi-billion dollar trade in counterfeit bottles and stop the budding Kurniawans.

Nuclear monitoring in Japan: Tests show that radioactivity levels in most foods have decreased within five years

Surveillance tests on Japanese food after the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011 showed that drinking water, milk and baby food were within radioactivity limits after five years, but some samples from the game meat and agriculture categories were still high in radioactivity.

In March 2011, the accident occurred at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, in which radionuclides were released into the environment.

In 2012 the government set standard limit values ​​for radionuclides in food, especially radioactive cesium. The limit values ​​have been set at 10 Bq / kg for drinking water, 50 Bq / kg for milk and infant formula, and 100 Bq / kg for general foods including game, fishing and agriculture.

Based on these standard limit values, local governments in 17 prefectures have carried out their own surveillance tests to ensure that food in excess of the standard limit values ​​is not distributed, recalled and disposed of.

Krill Oil Complaints in South Korea: Vegetable Oil Found in Products Claimed to be “100% Krill Oil”

The South Korean authorities say a number of products that are supposed to be “100 percent” krill oil actually contain vegetable oil and other blends of oils and fats.

The problem came to light during a joint inspection by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) and the Korea Consumer Agency (KCA).

The two conducted a quality, safety, and labeling review on 26 products that are 100 percent krill oil and are among the top 20 best sellers on the Naver Shopping website. Of these, four contained linoleic fatty acids, which are found in vegetable oil and other types of oils and fats.

The four products are “10 seconds Krill Oil”, “Meat Krill Oil Max”, “Krill Oil 1000” (Krill Oil 1000) and “Premium Reel Med Krill Oil 58” (Premium RealMedi Krill Oil 58).

They contained linoleic acid in the range of 27.6 percent and 28 percent, while the permissible linoleic acid content according to the CODEX standard is between 0.0 and 3.0 percent.

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