Nanjing orders livestock cull to stem spread of H7N9 virus

Medical workers stage an exercise to prevent human infections of the H7N9 virus in Hefei, Anhui. Photo: Xinhua

Residents of Nanjing, Jiangsu province, are now banned from raising livestock as health authorities yesterday confirmed that five more people have contracted the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus in the Yangtze River Delta.

Thursday, 11 April, 2013, 5:31am 2 comments

Turning the tables

The latest wagyu marketing campaign seems to have dispensed with one myth about superior Japanese cattle. Unfortunately, two equally stubborn ones remain.

So far there have been no reports that the latest cows exported to Hong Kong have been raised on beer, but the idea is commonly held. The belief persists that the cattle are massaged and listen to music.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

Milk Daddy raises a healthy kid

A businessman in Hunan province, haunted by scandals in the mainland's dairy industry, is raising five goats on his rooftop so his newborn girl can have easy access to safe milk.

Wei Xingyu, 36, started shopping for goats when his wife was pregnant.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:43pm

Give non-runners credit they deserve - in the form guide

Ah, welcome home old mate. There's a touch of nostalgia involved in this item as it was a hobby horse long ago in a galaxy far far away called Australia, where we lobbied for a long time to have non-runners' ...well, runs ... included in the form guide.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Let's take on the meat industry

Recently I watched a video called Farm to Fridge on the internet. The film is disturbing. It shows the workings of a slaughterhouse, where we see animals being slaughtered. A newborn pig undergoes sterilisation without anaesthesia - an extremely painful process. The video also shows a butcher killing a pig in a bloody manner.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Hogs go upmarket as tastes change

Being able to afford pork was once a symbol of wealth for Chinese.

Today, the mainland produces half of the world's pork and because pork prices weigh so heavily on the nation's inflation data, some internet commenters even refer to the CPI as the 'China Pig Index'.

31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Kushiyaki Beco

2 Shin Hing Street, Central Tel: 2581 1282 Open: 6pm-11.30pm Cuisine: Japanese

Price: about HK$400 without drinks and the service charge

1 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

With a better alley, Super Plus is the one

Drawing single figures can help Super Plus break through for the first time in more than a year and aid punters trying to narrow calculations in a tough Triple Trio at Happy Valley tomorrow night.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

The Wisdom of Bees

The Wisdom of Bees by Michael O'Malley Portfolio, HK$130

19 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Global Dairy to start own farm in Heilongjiang

Global Dairy, a Heilongjiang-based formula milk producer, will invest HK$350.9 million to establish its first dairy farm to ensure stable supply and quality of raw milk.

22 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Bank on Bravo to deliver the goods

Punters won't have to wait for the International Trial races on Sunday to see a top grade horse - and Triple Trio players will be pinning their hopes on the strong chance that the John Size-trained Lucky Bravo will give a glimmer of his huge potential in the final leg of the exotic, which carries a jackpot of HK$3.45 million.

19 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Vigilance the key now to keep bird flu at bay

Over the last 13 years the idea of central slaughtering for chickens has gone from being seen as the solution to the threat of bird flu, and necessary to prevent the spread of dangerous diseases, to being seen now as no longer needed at all. Officials have shelved it - and ensured the survival of the live-chicken trade - because they say the current risk of bird flu is low.

5 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Chef leaves his mark on diners with a flavourful dose of blue smoke

Chef Christopher Mark literally had us over the coals this week when he hosted a press buffet event on Tuesday night for the new Blue Smoke Bar-B-Que steakhouse on the third floor of the Grand Progress Building in Lan Kwai Fong. We asked the Canadian if his pork ribs and beef brisket might be a tad overdone after 12 hours on his restaurant's stove.

21 May 2010 - 12:00am

Lawyer sued over cartoon goat mascots

14 May 2010 - 12:00am


Fare International organic.

Ambience Snug, cosy seating in a deli-style setting with an open kitchen in a quiet, secluded part of bustling Wan Chai.

Cost Very reasonably priced. Starters from HK$38 to HK$48. Main courses from HK$88 to HK$108, including chef's specials. All vegetarian meals at HK$78.

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am