The International Halal Accreditation Forum is gearing up to support India in building consumer awareness of halal-certified products and bolstering halal infrastructure, according to a report published by Trade Arabia.

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US ingredients company Inolex has added to its Chinese Centre of Excellence with increased lab capabilities and additions in a bid to grow, with a focus on alternative preservation solutions and natural, innovative ingredients for the beauty and personal care industry.

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The Korean State Council is said to have approved a new Cosmetic Act that will allow beauty producers to repackage and sell customised imported products, a movement which is now awaiting approval from the National Assembly. 

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Azelis has announced that it has agreed to fully acquire Chemcolour, Australia and New Zealand’s leading supplier of specialty chemicals and food ingredients. Under the deal, all 90 Chemcolour employees will transfer to Azelis.

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The Singapore Economic Development Board has appointed Heinz-Jurgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise, Economic Ambassador to Singapore for small and medium-sized companies.

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Camlin Fine Sciences and its subsidiary CFS Europe have jointly acquired a 51 percent stake in Ningbo Wanglong Flavors and Fragrances, according to a report published by Equity Bulls.

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Ingredients maker Symrise has unveiled a new Creative Centre located in Mumbai that is said to focus on innovation and customer proximity.

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BASF has opened a new cosmetics plant in Shanghai. The project cost CNY150 million, making the new facility BASF's largest investment in emollients production in the Asia-Pacific region, with a capacity for 15,000 tons of emollients and waxes. The plant was conceived to ‘serve the Chinese market to echo the fast-growing demand and swiftly changing property needs,’ according to Hans W Reiners, BASF President for Care Chemicals.

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Kim Hyoung-june, AmorePacific cell science researcher, has scooped the first prize at the 2017 Dongam Cosmetic Scientist Awards thanks to its research on suncream.

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The Malaysian government has removed seven cosmetics from market that were deemed harmful to health due to the inclusion of scheduled poisonous materials.

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