The Husi Food factory in Shanghai, which is under investigation  by the authorities. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Here at Asia Briefing we often discuss how China’s desire for high standards in food safety presents opportunities for Irish companies; the country’s (...)

A “Temporarily Unavailable” sticker  on a picture of chicken nuggets on the menu at a McDonald’s restaurant in Hong Kong last Friday. McDonald’s Corp has suspended sales of certain items in Hong Kong after the Husi  food safety scare. Photograph: Reuters/Bobby Yip

OSI Group LLC, a meat supplier to McDonald’s Corp, said it would recall all products made by its Shanghai plant. “To help rebuild the trust . .(...)

 The Department of Foreign Affairs: organised training and briefing programme. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A group of government officials, leading Communist Party cadres and executives from state-owned enterprises from Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing and Beijing(...)

Increasingly, the costs of some generic drugs are on the rise

The first sign of trouble came when cardiologist Dr Barry Lindenberg received a three-page insurance form in January, demanding he get preapproval to (...)

The Food and Drug Administration approved Allergan’s Ozurdex, a drug for diabetic macular edema, which can cause vision loss and eventual blindness in people with diabetes, according to a regulatory filing today.

Allergan, the drugmaker resisting a takeover by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International , won US approval for a treatment of vision loss in diabetics a(...)

Ryanair and Aer Lingus were dragged down in a sector-wide slide in airline stock linked to Germany’s Lufthansa lowering of its profit forecast earlier in the week.

European stocks were little changed yesterday despite poor retail sales and jobs data from the US, while oil prices hit a three-month peak on escalat(...)

European stocks rose, with the region’s benchmark index capping its longest streak of weekly gains since November, as data showed a drop in German bu(...)

A customer puffs on an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York City. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

The Health Services Executive is to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in all health service facilities from next month. The decision w(...)

About 2.2 million CRH shares changed hands in Dublin yesterday, slightly more than usual. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tumbling technology share helped trigger the biggest decline in European markets in a month yesterday. Traders in Dublin said w(...)

 Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans at the UK premiere of Captain America: The Winter Soldier on March 20th

Even before one factors in the potentially baffling complications of Merlyn’s multiverse (ask a comic book fan then run away), the Marvelverse is a(...)