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An employee wearing a protection suit sprays disinfectant on chickens at a poultry market in Hefei, Anhui province today.  Photograph: Reuters

Chinese authorities have slaughtered over 20,000 birds at a poultry market in Shanghai today as the death toll from a new strain of bird flu mo(...)

Technical staff from the animal disease prevention and control center inject chickens with the H5N1 bird flu vaccine in Shangsi county, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Two more people died from the disease today. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

The death toll from a new strain of bird flu has risen to five in China today as Beijing said it was mobilising resources nationwide to combat (...)

A vendor puts chickens into a plastic bag at a poultry market in Hefei, Anhui province, today. Chinese authorities reported four new cases  of a strain of bird flu previously unknown in humans that has already killed two people. Photograph: Reuters

China has identified two new cases of a new strain of bird flu, and one of the victims has died, in the eastern city of Hangzhou, state media s(...)

A vendor waits for customers near chicken cages at a market in Fuyang city, in central China's Anhui province on Sunday.

Four more people in Jiangsu province in China were critically ill with a new form of bird flu yesterday, as cities along the e(...)

A chicken vendor at a market in Fuyang city, in central China’s Anhui province. Two Shanghai men have died from a lesser-known type of bird flu in the first known human deaths from the strain. Photograph: AP

Chinese health authorities have stepped up monitoring of avian flu after two men died in Shanghai from a strain of the virus that has not previousl(...)

There are no known vaccines against the H7N9 virus. Photograph: Reuters

Two people in Shanghai, one of China's largest cities, died this month after contracting a strain of avian influenza that had never been passed(...)

Investors are looking to gold as a hedge against instability in the euro zone and inflation. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Gold traded near a two-week high this morning, underpinned by safe-haven demand on the fear of a potential financial meltdown in Cyprus, which (...)

A worker in protective clothing prepares to haul away dead pigs pulled from a river along Zhonglian village of Jinshan district in Shanghai. The number of dead pigs found in the Shanghai river that provides drinking water to the Chinese financial hub has risen to almost 15,000. Photograph: AP

CLIFFORD COONAN Nearly two weeks after officials began pulling pig carcasses out of the Huangpu, t(...)

With Chinese consumers checking the origin of the food ever more carefully, the market offers an opportunity for some of the foods that Ireland(...)

Cathal Cowan, Head of Food Marketing Research Group and Isabel Ryan, Post Graduate Researcher in Food Marketing Research in the Food Processing hall of The National FoodCentre Photograph: Alan Betson

The sight of 7,500 dead pigs, and counting, floating on the Huangpu River near Shanghai has dominated the headlines in China around the annual (...)

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