Tox Tuesday: Mexican resort death attributed to tainted alcohol

Tragedy struck earlier this year when a 20-year-old woman from the U.S. state of Wisconsin died after she and her brother were found unconscious in a pool at a resort in Mexico.

The siblings and their family had arrived at the resort just two hours before. They began their vacation with a few drinks, but […]

The deadly effects of homebrewed alcohol

[ SPANISH ] At least 83 are dead following what began as a casual night of drinking — and it was locally brewed alcohol that was the culprit of the deaths.

Homebrewing is on the rise. In a June 2013 press release from the Brewers Association, it was cited that homebrewing sales in the U.S. […]

U.K. moves to prevent counterfeit alcohol

A new plan in the United Kingdom (U.K.) will help assure consumers that the spirits they purchase actually are what they’re marketed as.

The Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme aims to help protect the integrity of U.K.-made spirits, such as Scotch, from confusion with counterfeits or lower quality substitutions. Under the plan, HM Revenue & Customs […]

EU report: Food, feed safety alerts drop

Last year, notifications as part of Europe’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) dropped almost 4 percent from the previous year.

In 2012, there were 8,797 RASFF notifications – a 3.9 percent decrease from 2011. Of those notifications, 40 percent (or 3,516) were original notifications and 60 percent (or 5,281) were follow-ups. This […]

Libya methanol poisoning outbreak death toll climbs

The number of people in Libya who have died from drinking alcohol contaminated with methanol has hit 87, the Associated Press reports.

The outbreak, which first was reported a week ago, has injured more than 1,000 people, Libya’s Health Minister has said. Additionally, 15 people have been blinded and others have suffered kidney failure or […]

Neogen blog: A look back at 2012

Ah, nostalgia. It’s been a busy year here at the Neogen blog. We’ve covered quite a range of stuff, from food safety reforms to happy elephants in Thailand (scroll down for details – hint, hint) to decoding DNA.

So kick back, relax and take a stroll down the Neogen blog’s memory lane.

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Get up to speed with the Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food safety

Peanut allergies more common in kids from wealthy families – Huffington Post Food

One explanation could be the hygiene hypothesis, which states growing up and living in clean environments […]

Some liquor sales to resume in Czech Republic following methanol poisoning outbreak

Alcohol sales will be allowed to resume in the Czech Republic, following a spate of deaths and hospitalizations from methanol-laced liquor.

The sale of hard liquor was banned Sept. 14 after more than 20 people died from black market alcohol tainted with methanol, an industrial solvent often used in counterfeit booze. In total, 26 people […]

Make the most out of a new week with the Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food safety

Plea for hygienic food in trains – Daily News

A plea filed in India’s Delhi High Court seeks to improve food safety regulations at rail stations and on trains.

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Czech government restricts alcohol sales further after methanol-related deaths

Following a rash of deaths from methanol-laced rum and vodka, the Czech government has placed further restrictions on alcohol sales.

Starting last Friday, the Czech government placed a blanket ban on all sales of hard liquor. Beer and wine still may be purchased at shops, restaurants and bars, according to the Wall Street Journal.

As […]