Regulation & 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.

Frontier Label uses stone paper and recycled beach plastic in its products to cut down on environmental strain.

The straw law flaw: What more can be done?

By Beth Newhart

The banning of single-use plastic straws gained a lot of traction across the US this summer, with major companies like Starbucks, McDonald’s and Disney at the forefront. But experts say straws are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ and brands could be doing...

Trademark Coca-Cola also offers sugar-free Light and Zero (in South Africa) and Diet and Zero Sugar (UK). Pic:getty/champlifezy

Coca-Cola assesses sugar tax impact

By Rachel Arthur

The UK and South Africa both introduced taxes on sugar sweetened beverages earlier this year. How has this affected Coca-Cola?

Nine California jurisdictions, Baltimore and Louisville have already passed healthy kids’ meal policies. Pic:getty/alfirapoyarkova

California passes statewide healthy kids’ meal bill

By Beth Newhart

Just two months after California lawmakers passed a 12-year ban on soda taxes, the state has passed the nation’s first 'healthy kids' meal bill': with water and milk set to become the default drink choice with kids' meals.

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