Death of a whistleblwoer and hero

Dr. Li  Wenliang, the Chinese doctor who tried to warn about the coronavirus outbreak, has died after contracting the virus while treating patients in Wuhan, which has sparked public anger and grief in China. Last December he sent a message to fellow medics warning of a virus he thought looked like Sars – a global…

Man dies from coronavirus in Philippines

A 44-year-old Chinese man has died in Manila hospital where he developed severe pneumonia, after travelling to the Philippines from the city of Wuhan., first fatality outside China. He was infected before arriving in the Philippines, according to the World Heath Organisation (WHO). Over 325 people have died in the outbreak so far and 15,…

peanut allergy drug approved by the US

The US has approved its first drug AR101 or Palforzia which uses oral immunotherapy treatment for peanut allergies in children given in tiny but increasing doses of peanut protein over a six-month period under medical supervision. The treatment is not a cure and makers warn that the risk of a potentially fatal anaphylactic reaction remains.…

Drug cartels move in on Avocado

Dozens of trucks an hour setting off from the avocado belt in Mexico’s western state of Michoacan for the US, armed robbers are zeroing in on the fast-growing Avocado multi-billion-dollar industry. The rise in Avocado related crime has turned part of the state into no-go areas even for the police. Juan whose family has farms…

Coronavirus is a global emergency : WHO

The  Coronavirus had been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China. “ The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries”, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO chief. The concern is that it could spread…

Cow & Gate baby food jars recalled over tampering

Cow & Gate and Tesco are recalling 15 types of baby food jar as a precautionary measure amid concerns some may have been tampered with. Customers who bought food for babies aged over seven months in Tesco stores in the UK are advised not to use them because they may pose a safety risk. The…

Just Eat-Takeaway merger in doubt

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority have launched a last minute review into Takeaway.com and Just Eat’s £6bn merger, throwing one of the UK’s biggest tech deals in recent years into doubt.  The probe follows a months-long review of Amazon’s planned minority stake in Deliveroo, Just Eat’s biggest rival . Both cases are investigated on…

Quilon celebrates 100 years of Indian cashew nut export

Rock Victoria, a Sri Lankan national, set up a cashew factory in Quilon (Kollam), South India in 1920 for processing of cashew nuts, with Swaminathan as a worker who later became a prominent cashew businessman. The first batch of cashews exported from India was from Kollam to USA in 1920 by Indian Nut Company, established…

Cheesemonger’s odyssey

The Great universal connects agriculture and climate to trade and exchange to traditions and cultures to identity and politics. Ned Palmer’s A Cheesemonger’s History of the British Isles, is a canon of food-centric histories begun with Mark Kurlansky’s Cod (1997). How we feed ourselves can tell us as much about who we are and where…