Food safety

Malaysia: High tax rates and easy access to bootlegged liquor. Pic:getty/omersukrugosku

When cheap booze turns into a public health crisis

By Richard Whitehead

Upwards of 40 people died last month in Malaysia from methanol poisoning. Why has this happened - and what can be done? It's time for some answers, says food and beverage journalist Richard Whitehead in this guest article.

Avian influenza has swept into China's Guizhou province

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Avian influenza hits Chinese poultry farm

By Ashley Williams

China’s Ministry of Agriculture has culled 32,351 birds following an outbreak of H5N6 highly pathogenic avian influenza.

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