September 24, 2004: Union health ministry

Which cooking oil is best for us? Why do I ask? Are we not bombarded with advertising messages telling us there is a healthy oil that is good for the heart? They talk of monounsaturated fatty acids

Centre has finally constituted a 22-member regulatory authority that will judge and rate food - right from the kitchens of luxury hotels to the roadside eating joints - according to scientific standards. The authority will finalise the guidelines by March next year and will lay down food standards of the country, including its regulation manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import.

Considering the stiff competition from various fruit producing countries, Indian growers have the great responsibility to keep the pesticide residue levels to the minimum to meet international standards. Various research organisations have developed integrated approaches to control pest and disease problems.

Without limits on industrial scale catches, marine populations will continue to collapse. March 2008

recently, several food products enriched with friendly bacteria have hit markets in India. The latest entrant, Yakult Danone's probiotic drink, claims that the lactose digesting bacteria added to

Policy anomalies in the context of international rice trade and measures to enhance access to rice are discussed here.

There is no stopping the Bt brinjal trials now. The supreme court on December 10 refused to stay Mahyco's (Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company's) ongoing trials in various parts of the country. Social

shrimp facility: Three farm-level antibiotic testing laboratories for aquaculture will be set up in Andhra Pradesh next year. The tests will help exporters check if the product meets international

Despite criticism by ngos and consumer groups, the us food regulator has announced that cosmetics, drugs and other products that use nanotechnology will now not require special regulations or