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Syria tender for food calls for payment from Iran

By Michael Hogan and Jonathan Saul HAMBURG/LONDON (Reuters) - Syria tendered to import food on Friday using a credit line from Iran's export bank in what could be a test of last month's landmark deal to ease Western financial sanctions on Tehran. Sanctions also imposed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government do not cover food but those on banking, asset freezes and the country's two-year-old civil war have made tenders difficult.

Homelessness, demand for food increase in US city survey

A survey published Wednesday of 25 American cities, including many of the nation's largest, showed yearly increases in food aid and homelessness. The cities, located throughout 18 states, saw requests for emergency food aid rise by an average of seven percent compared with the previous period a year earlier, according to the US Conference of Mayors study. All but four cities reported an increase in demand for assistance between the period of September 2012 through August 2013.

Interview: Minister assures Chinese consumers of New Zealand food safety

Interview: Minister assures Chinese consumers of New Zealand food safety WELLINGTON, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand government ministers responsible for food safety had a special message for Chinese consumers Wednesday: you can trust New Zealand food. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye stressed in an interview with Xinhua that they would do everything possible to ensure no repeats of the sort of scare that saw a global recall of dairy products thought to be contaminated with a botulism-causing bacterium.

Roundup: New Zealand vows to rebuild food safety reputation after dairy scare report

Roundup: New Zealand vows to rebuild food safety reputation after dairy scare report WELLINGTON, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The New Zealand government Wednesday pledged to tighten its food safe regime, despite claiming it is already one of the best in the world, in line with the recommendations in a report on August's false global alarm over contaminated dairy products.

UN warns 1.3m people in C.Africa need food aid

The United Nations on Thursday said 1.3 million people in the Central African Republic needed food aid, as the UN Security Council backed an African and French military intervention to halt growing deadly unrest. "In Central African Republic, 1.3 million people are in need of emergency food assistance due to civil unrest," the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a report on world cereal production and needs.

India demands permanent solution on food security

India demands permanent solution on food security BALI, Indonesia, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- India was adamant with its non-negotiable stance on food security at the 9th World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial conference held in Indonesia's resort island of Bali. Speaking at a press conference Thursday, Indian Trade and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said that India demands a permanent solution to increase agriculture subsidy for developing countries from 10 percent to 15 percent of production.

Feature: Thousands of farmers march to defend "made in Italy" food

By Alessandra Cardone BOLZANO, Italy, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of Italian farmers blocked the Brenner Pass at the border with Austria on Wednesday, protesting against food piracy and import of raw food ingredients of low quality. Agricultural association Coldiretti claimed the so-called "false Italian food" (i.e. food made with foreign ingredients, but branded as Italian) is badly damaging the traditional agricultural and food production in Italy.

No need to avoid potential allergens like peanuts, eggs in infants' diets

TORONTO - There is new advice for Canadian parents of infants who are at high risk of developing a food allergy. The Canadian Pediatric Society and the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology have issued new guidance on when high-risk infants can safely be exposed to foods commonly associated with food allergies, reversing their previous advice to avoid some foods early in a baby's life.

N. Korea produces more food, but malnutrition persists

North Korea has increased food production for a third straight year, but malnutrition remains widespread, UN agencies say, voicing particular concern over stunting in children. Failures in the state distribution system mean families increasingly rely on unofficial markets and bartering to feed themselves, according to a nationwide assessment published Thursday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme.

European food institute to set up Asian headquarters in S. Korea

SEJONG, Nov. 27 (Yonhap) -- A leading European food research institute has agreed to set up its Asian base in South Korea, which is seeking to become a hub for the Northeast Asian food market, the South Korean government said Wednesday. The TNO Nutrition and Food Research Institute signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday for investment in the country's national food cluster in Iksan, located some 200 kilometers southwest of Seoul in North Jeolla Province, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
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