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UN slams Sudan protesters for attacks on Darfur premises

Jun 22, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Protesters attack properties of the World Food Program and aid agency World Vision

Sudanese protesters gesture and chant slogans outside Khartoum's army headquarters on June 3, 2019 after security forces broke up a weeks-long sit-in. - General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, interim leader of Sudan where security forces broke up a weeks-long sit-in in a deadly operation Monday, was largely unknown until seven weeks ago. A doctors' committee said at least 13 people were killed as gunfire echoed from the protest site outside army headquarters in central Khartoum. (Photo by Ebrahim Hamid / AFP)

South Korea to send 50,000 tons of rice to North

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:14 AM

It will be the first time the South provides food aid to the North since 2010, when it sent 5,000 tons of rice across the border

People take part in an annual rice planting event in Nampho City in Chongsan-ri, near Nampho on May 12, 2019. The event takes place every May 12 to mark the occasion in 1971 when late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il planted rice in the area. KIM Won Jin / AFP

FDA orders Shopee, Lazada to stop online sale of medicines

Jun 14, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The Food and Drug Administration says the sale of drug products online places 'the lives of the general public in danger and at risk'

Datu Puti, Silver Swan free from synthetic acetic acid – PNRI

Jun 06, 2019 - 5:22 PM

NutriAsia says that the Datu Puti and Silver Swan brands have always been subjected to testing since 2001

CLEARED. A PNRI test conducted last May showed that Silver Swan and Datu Puti had gone through a natural fermentation process. Photo from Shutterstock

Zagu workers go on strike as company nears 20th anniversary

Jun 06, 2019 - 9:54 AM

'On Zagu's 20th year, we demand that management correct their wrongs and treat their workers fairly,' says Organiza-Super president Shirley Fulgencio

'UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES'. Zagu workers go on strike starting 4 am of June 6, 2019, to protest their company's unfair labor practices. Photo from the Facebook page of Solidarity of Unions in the Philippines for Empowerment and Reforms - SUPER

FDA: 5 vinegar brands found to contain synthetic acetic acid

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Food and Drug Administration says the manufacturing facilities of the vinegar brands will be inspected to verify the findings, and those found violating its standards and rules face 'regulatory action'

Photo from Shutterstock

FDA orders recall of pork goods from countries with African swine fever

May 28, 2019 - 6:50 PM

As part of measures to ensure the Philippines remains free of African swine fever, pork products from countries hit by the disease will be pulled off the shelves

Photo from Shutterstock

Why the 2019 World Street Food Congress isn’t happening

May 18, 2019 - 6:59 PM

With the event's abrupt cancelation by the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Board, the WSFC team isn't happy

In Ilocos Sur, this ant egg dish is definitely worth the pain

May 18, 2019 - 4:09 PM

The pupae of the red weaver ants is a popular delicacy in the North

Photos by Angelo Aurelio

Ex-FDA chief Puno denies corruption allegations

May 17, 2019 - 11:56 AM

(UPDATED) 'I served as the Director General of the FDA for two years and 10 months with complete honesty, diligence, dedication, and loyalty,' says former Food and Drug Director General Nela Charade Puno

EX-FDA CHIEF. Nela Charade Puno attends the Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia controversy as Food and Drug Administration Director General in December 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte fires Food and Drug Administration chief Nela Charade Puno

May 16, 2019 - 5:29 PM

(UPDATED) The letter terminating FDA Director General Nela Charade Puno says the move is part of President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on government corruption but does not provide details

SACKED. Food and Drug Adminisration chief Nela Charade Puno attends the Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia controversy in February 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Extreme drought' in North Korea – KCNA

May 16, 2019 - 12:15 AM

From January to early May this year, North Korea only received 54.4 millimeters of rain or snow, the smallest amount since the same period in 1982, the state-run KCNA says

FOOD PRODUCTION. This file photo shows farms and farm houses near the shores of the River Taedong, close to the port of Nampho in South Phyongan Province of North Korea in April 2011. AFP photo

Rice stocks hit 2.63 million metric tons in April 2019

May 13, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Household stocks still contribute the biggest share to the Philippines' total rice inventory despite a 14.4% drop from a year ago

Farmers in North of Manila were looking forward to a good harvest this year . Pangasinan is the country’s third biggest rice producer, next to Nueva Ecija and Isabela provinces. But Farmers here was worried Price of palay.Photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

DTI calls for suspension of alleged Chinese-only food park in Las Piñas

May 09, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry conducts a surprise inspection of China Food City and finds that the stalls there lack proper permits

The Department of Trade and Industry conducted a surprise inspection on an alleged Chinese-only food park in Las Piñas. Photo from DTI

NFA buys over 3 million bags of palay in January-April 2019

May 06, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The National Food Authority buys more than 3 million bags of palay in the first 4 months of 2019, a huge leap from over 55,000 bags procured in the same period in 2018

Farmers in North of Manila were looking forward to a good harvest this year . Pangasinan is the country’s third biggest rice producer, next to Nueva Ecija and Isabela provinces. But Farmers here was worried Price of palay.Photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

World Food Programme gains access to vital Yemen food aid

May 05, 2019 - 8:56 PM

The Red Sea mills hold 51,000 tons of grain which was enough to feed more than 3.7 million people for a month

[OPINION] There's no template for Filipino street food

May 05, 2019 - 12:30 PM

'It is so limiting, not to mention asinine, to think that there is any one staple food'

[OPINION] The 'nilarang' chever, and other Cebuano delicacies

May 02, 2019 - 8:30 PM

'Street food is almost always a highly localized experience. If you’re not from there – especially if you’re not from there – the least one can do is to show some respect.'

[OPINION] The Cebu 'Street Food' episode shows how hard it is to understand Filipino food

May 02, 2019 - 7:30 AM

Netflix's much-talked-about Cebu episode has sparked an online debate on Filipino food – but should it have?

Aid agencies rush to bring aid to Mozambique cyclone survivors

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:20 PM

'The priority is getting aid to Ibo because it hasn’t been reached yet,' says Deborah Nguyen, spokeswoman for World Food Programme

HELP. Aid is unloaded off a truck and taken to a waiting World Food Programme helicopter to be deliver to Ibo Island and Quissanga in northern Mozambique on April 30 , 2019. Photo by Emidio Josine/AFP

Ombudsman dismisses NFA’s Jason Aquino over rice smuggling

Apr 30, 2019 - 5:56 PM

The criminal complaints of graft against Aquino and Nicanor Faeldon move on to preliminary investigation at the Office of the Ombudsman

DISMISSED. NFA Administrator Jason Aquino is dismissed from public service over rice smuggling.  File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cebu’s delicacies take the spotlight in new Netflix series ‘Street Food’

Apr 11, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Cebu City is among the 9 Asian cities to be featured in the first season of the upcoming documentary series

CULINARY HERO. Cebu's culinary heroes are featured in the new Netflix documentary, 'Street Food.' Photo courtesy of Netflix

Why you need to add seafood to your diet, asap

Apr 08, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Here’s how seafood contributes to a well-rounded diet!

LOOK: Jollibee opens store in Guam

Apr 06, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The new Jollibee store seats 205 and is located in front of Micronesia Mall in Dededo, the most populous village in Guam

NEW STORE. Jollibee opens its 38th store in the United States in Guam. Photo courtesy of Jollibee Foods Corporation

NFA buys more palay in Q1 2019

Apr 04, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The National Food Authority buys 1.26 million bags of palay from January to March 2019, way higher than the 20,540 bags procured during the same period last year

Workers stacks sacks of rice inside the NFA warehouse in Quezon City on February 19, 2019. Officials of the National Food Authority lamented on Tuesday the 'definite' layoffs in the agency following President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of the Rice Tariffication Law. The law, which will replace the present quotas on rice imports with taxes, removes the NFA's power to import and distribute cheaper grain, leaving it with the sole task of buying grain from farmers to maintain buffer stocks, said agency administrator Tomas Escarez. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

More than 113 million people suffer 'acute hunger' – United Nations

Apr 02, 2019 - 6:50 PM

African states are 'disproportionally' affected as close to 72 million people on the continent suffered acute hunger, according to Food and Agriculture Organization emergencies director Dominique Bourgeon

FOOD CRISIS. A displaced Somali waits for food and water at an aid distribution centre outside Mogadishu on April 6, 2017. File photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP

LIST: Your guide to 3-in-1 coffees in the Philippines

Apr 01, 2019 - 6:30 AM

Which is your favorite?

Singapore defends U.N. bid for street food honor

Mar 28, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Singapore nominates its popular 'hawker culture' for UN recognition to 'safeguard' its local street food culture

Seagrass meadows support food security in Guimaras – research

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Guimaras, a place highly dependent on marine and coastal resources, is the perfect site to investigate and demonstrate how much seagrasses contribute to fisheries in coastal communities

'LUNGS OF THE SEA.' Seagrass beds are one of the overlooked marine ecosystems, now globally threatened due to human impact. All photos by ZSL/Seagrass Project Philippines

Aid workers scramble to get relief supplies to Mozambique cyclone victims

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:01 PM

The confirmed death toll in Mozambique and neighboring Zimbabwe reaches 432 on Friday, March 22, with 293 killed in Mozambique, and around 1.7 million people affected

RELIEF. An aid worker hands a woman a cup of water in the port of Beira, Mozambique on March 22, 2019. Photo by Wikus De Wet/AFP

Hog industry wants pork imports restricted to block African swine fever

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Stakeholders question why there is plenty of buffer stock, saying that the Philippines should only import what it needs

BAR ENTRY. While fearing for the possible entry of pork infected with the African Swine Fever, hog industry stakeholders are also calling for the importation ban to protect local hog raisers. Image from Shutterstock

Rice inventory up in February 2019 from a year ago

Mar 14, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Rice stocks grow by 19.24% in February 2019 compared to the same month in 2018

Workers stacks sacks of rice inside the NFA warehouse in Quezon City on February 19, 2019. Officials of the National Food Authority lamented on Tuesday the 'definite' layoffs in the agency following President Rodrigo Duterte's signing of the Rice Tariffication Law. The law, which will replace the present quotas on rice imports with taxes, removes the NFA's power to import and distribute cheaper grain, leaving it with the sole task of buying grain from farmers to maintain buffer stocks, said agency administrator Tomas Escarez. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Oops: Kare-kare, lechon, and crispy pata are the real placers in 'Best Dishes In The World' 2019 list

Mar 12, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Sorry adobo, but kare-kare, lechon, and crispy pata deserve their limelight, too

Stakeholders' inputs included in amended rice tariffication law IRR

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the government listened to some of the proposals of rice industry stakeholders

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

NFA to halt regulatory functions on March 5

Mar 04, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The National Food Authority will immediately stop its regulatory functions as soon as the rice tariffication law takes effect

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Consumer advocate proposes lowering SRPs for rice

Feb 27, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Laban Konsyumer president Victorio Dimagiba says suggested retail prices for rice should not be completely removed

Consumers line up to buy rice at the Commonwealth market in Quezon City on February 18, 2019. According to the DTI rice prices can be lowered to from P2 to P7 per kilo after the Rice Tariffication Law was enacted and signed by President Duterte last week. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

U.N. reaches aid warehouses on Yemen frontlines, seeks $4.2B

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:49 PM

(UPDATED) 'I have just received a piece of good news. Finally, it was possible for us to reach the Red Sea Mills,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

YEMEN AID. A general view shows the Red Sea Flour Mills on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida as Yemeni pro-government forces continue to battle for the control of the city from Huthi rebels on November 14, 2018. Photo by Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP

FDA permanently revokes Dengvaxia's certificate of product registration

Feb 19, 2019 - 3:23 PM

It will thus be illegal to import, sell, or distribute Dengvaxia in the Philippines

DENGUE VACCINE. The FDA permanently revoked the certificate of product registration of Dengvxia, which means its sale will be unlawful in the Philippines. File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Moro food basics: Pastil

Feb 10, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'When a pastil has been sealed, it’s been sealed with our love for one another'

Images courtesy of McMorrie Bidara

COA: 'Dire necessity' not an excuse for unauthorized cash perks

Feb 03, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The Commission on Audit maintains that National Food Authority personnel in Cagayan Valley must return P2.3 million in food and grocery incentives given in 2012

LIST: Where to take Balikbayans for good Filipino food in Metro Manila

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:30 PM

For people craving a taste of home

Spice up your weekend with an Indian food feast

Jan 21, 2019 - 6:34 PM

Get those appetites ready for the Indian Food Festival 2019 on Sunday, January 27, at BGC

WATCH: Liza Soberano proves her love for sinigang in new video

Jan 18, 2019 - 6:11 PM

The actress tries 5 different kinds of sinigang

SINIGANG LOVER. Liza Soberano tries to guess different kinds of sinigang in a new video. Screenshot from Black Sheep on YouTube

Grab adds 12 restaurants in its food delivery menu

Jan 08, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Here are the international and homegrown food chains now part of GrabFood

TOP ORDERED. Milk tea is among the top ordered food on Grab. Photo courtesy of Grab Philippines

North Korea admits farming failures amid food shortages

Dec 27, 2018 - 2:30 PM

United Nations agencies estimate that 10.3 million people in North Korea are in need of humanitarian assistance

FOOD PRODUCTION. This file photo shows farms and farm houses near the shores of the River Taedong, close to the port of Nampho in South Phyongan Province of North Korea in April 2011. AFP photo

Better together: the right food recommendations for the right moments

Dec 23, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Don’t deny it, food makes everything better.

Sulu gets first outside investment with food and beverage company

Dec 14, 2018 - 7:21 PM

In a historic first, Sulu Food and Beverage Corporation is the first outside investment for the archipelagic province to register with the Regional Board of Investments

FIRST OUTSIDE INVESTMENT. The ARMM Regional Board of Investment's approval of the Sulu Food and Beverage's application to register a project with the agency is a first for the province. Graphic by Raffy De Guzman

North Korea food production down in 2018 – U.N. body

Dec 13, 2018 - 3:17 PM

Rice and maize are the North's main staples, but rice output is expected to be below average because of erratic rains and low irrigation supplies

FOOD PRODUCTION. This file photo shows farms and farm houses near the shores of the River Taedong, close to the port of Nampho in South Phyongan Province of North Korea in April 2011. AFP photo

Mang Inasal: where ‘solb’ eaters feast

Dec 12, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Mang Inasal’s 500th store showcases a design that considers customer convenience, production efficiency, and an aesthetic sense that gives a provincial, homey grillery vibe

The Pinoy vegan’s essential guide to surviving the holidays

Nov 26, 2018 - 8:51 AM

Going vegan for the holidays? Yes, it can be done

PLANT-BASED NOCHE BUENA. The holidays are extra-challenging for Pinoy vegans. Photo from Shutterstock