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Savour Tasmania Event Held in Shanghai, 11 September 2015

Savour Tasmania dinner was held at the Peninsula Shanghai on 9 September 2015. Chef Andre Kropp of Wrest Point Hotel from Hobart Tasmania and chefs of the Peninsula Shanghai created a special menu, a Chinese/Tasmanian fusion menu using top quality Tasmanian produce. An unforgettable gala dinner was hosted at the Peninsula with top-quality Tasmanian wild abalone, Salmon, Buffalo, wine and whisky.
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Lucky Draw for Tasmanian Prizes - Tourism Tasmania


Weibo, September 2015

Tourism Tasmania launched a Lucky Draw campaign on their official Sina Weibo page starting on 10 September 2015. The Lucky draw followed the Savour Tasmania Dinner in Shanghai on 9 September, held during Tasmanian delegation’s visit to the city in China - this was one of follow-up events from the visit by Chinese President XI Jinping and his wife PENG Liyuan to Tasmania last year. Tasmania First Prize is Tasmanian Abalone, with Second Prize as notebooks, and Third Prize as cards & bags. A total of 2870 people have participated in the lucky draw!.
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Request for Suspension of Inspection on Total Plate Count of Salted Aquatic Products Prior to Issuing New Standards for Salt and Liquor-Saturated Aquatic Products in China

NAPPMA, 8 September 2015

The new version of the Food Safety Law will come into effect from 1 October 2015. It will be a positive thing for processing companies and consumers. However, there are some problems with some “standards” which do not have scientificity, but are used as the basis for inspections. Companies will suffer from fatal blows if the “heavy penalties” are established on these unscientific “standards”. For example, the requirements for total plate counts in GB 10136-2005 - the Hygienic Standard for Salt and Liquor-Saturated Aquatic Products of Animal Origin could impact the whole traditional salt and liquor-saturated aquatic product industry. The Hygienic Standard for Salt and Liquor-Saturated Aquatic Products of Animal Origin effective from 1 October 2005 raised its requirements for “total plate count” by ten times (MLs from previous 50000 CFU/g to 5000 CFU/g). Even the experts of Ningbo University from Zhejiang Province China cannot meet the standard in their lab production.
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Development of Chinese Catering Industry in the First 7 Months of 2015

12 August 2015, China Cuisine Association

The overall income of Chinese catering industry in January-July 2015 amounted to 1.8 trillion RMB, and grew by 11.6% over the same period of last year. The income of the high-end catering companies in the category of annual income level above 2 million RMB categorised by the Government,  reached 0.5 trillion RMB, and grew by 6.6% over the same period of last year. The data are demonstrated on catering income of Jan-Jun 2015 by provinces and provincial-level cities in China.
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China Cuisine Association Assists Singaporean National TV in TV Savour Stories

China Cuisine Association, 8 August 2015

Initiated by Singaporean national television -MediaCorp Channel 8 in Chinese mandarin, China Cuisine Association assisted the TV in shooting the hot TV series - “Simply Overseas”. The purpose of the cooperation between the Chinese Association and the Singaporean TV is to promote Chinese cuisine culture, and display the living styles of Chinese food consumers. The main stories happen in Beijing, in the format that the TV emcee has dialogues with two Singaporeans with the managers of Chinese restaurants, presenting the extensive and profound Chinese cuisine to the TV audience in Singapore and hopefully in other ASEAN countries. The TV stories will be shown to the audience in September.
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U.S. Seafood Processor Fined for Mislabelling Shrimp 

Seafood Source, 13 August 2015

The company, based in North Carolina, pleaded guilty to falsely labelling about 25,000 pounds of farmed imported shrimp as wild domestic product.
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Mackerel Exporters in Japan Regaining Access to Some Markets 

Seafood Source, 5 August 2015

A relaxing of some trade bans on Japanese seafood will be a welcome sight to mackerel exporters looking to get back into Russian and possibly Taiwanese markets, but bans cutting exporters off from the lucrative South Korean market remain in place.
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