Deputy Prime Minister Karolína Peake said on Wednesday that it was necessary to make checks on alcohol a greater priority and to improve communication between the agencies She was speaking after a cabinet meeting to discuss a government analysis that found that criticised the Czech state’s efforts to combat the illegal market in alcohol in the last two years. In September, the government banned the sale of all spirits for nearly two weeks after a series of deaths related to drinking bootleg liquor containing methanol; to date thirty-three people have died and several more have suffered permanent damage to their health.
Diabetes is becoming increasingly common in the Czech Republic, with 68,000 new diagnoses of the disease recorded last year, Právo reported on Tuesday. A specialist told the newspaper that while in 1975 230,000 Czechs suffered from diabetes, last year the number had reached a record 825,000. Of that number around 55,000 have type 1 diabetes, which requires treatment with insulin. Právo said the treatment of diabetes in the Czech Republic cost close to CZK 25 billion a year.
A new government analysis has criticised the Czech state’s efforts to combat the illegal market in alcohol in the last two years. The report – due to be discussed by the cabinet on Wednesday – says that state bodies failed to carry out controls or to prosecute criminal activity sufficiently. Moreover, there was poor communication between the various agencies responsible. In September, the government banned the sale of all spirits for nearly two weeks after a series of deaths related to drinking bootleg liquor containing methanol; to date thirty-three people have died and several more have suffered permanent damage to their health.
A 58-year-old man with methanol poisoning was admitted to hospital in the north-eastern city of Olomouc at the weekend, a spokesman for the hospital said on Monday. The man had high levels of methanol in his blood, and suffered from severe disturbances of consciousness. The police have against warned against the consumption of alcohol from unknown sources. The recent outbreak of methanol poisonings has claimed the lives of 33 people, mostly in the north east of the Czech Republic.
A 63-year-old man who was hospitalized a month ago in Frydek-Mistek in the east of the country after drinking alcohol containing wood spirits died on Sunday. The man is the thirty-third person killed by methanol, in an outbreak of poisoning tied to bootleg liquor that was illegally released on the market in mid-September. Twenty of the deaths were in the region of Moravia-Silesia. More than 60 people face charges over the methanol affair; roughly half of them have been remanded in custody.
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Counterfeit liquor has claimed its 32nd victim in the Czech Republic after an autopsy on Friday confirmed that a 53-year-old man from Olomouc died of methanol poisoning. The man collapsed while seeking medical attention on Monday, and died while being taken to hospital. Doctors said he also suffered from a cardio-vascular condition, which contributed to his death. Experts warn that methanol-related deaths will continue to appear for months after the authorities discovered the source of the poisonous bootleg liquor.
This year will see a record number of bottles of Saint Martin’s wines going on sale, up by almost 200 thousand bottles from last year. 380 samples from 122 vinyards received the designation of Saint Martin wine, the majority were from the Müller Thurgau grapes. The feast of Saint Martin, which is celebrated in the Czech Republic on November 11, has become an occasion for the country’s winemakers to present and sell their young wines. Saint Martin wines are the first new wines of the year that are supposed to be consumed within a few months after bottling. The first bottles of Saint Martin wines will be opened at celebratory events on November 11 at 11 am.
A 53-year-old man died of methanol poisoning in the north-east of the country on Wednesday night, a police spokeswoman said. The man became the 31st victim of the outbreak of methanol poisonings in the country. Another two people have been hospitalized with methanol intoxication, one of them is in critical condition. Although the government has taken measures to protect consumers from the dangerous bootleg liquor, experts say isolated cases of methanol poisonings could continue for several more months.
The vegetable sowing area in the Czech Republic has diminished by 30 percent over the past decade, according to figures by the Czech and Moravian Vegetable Growers’ Union, released on Wednesday. While in 2002, vegetables were grown on 12,700 hectares of land, a decade later it was 9,171 hectares. Imports of vegetables have grown by 50 percent over the same period, and now account for two thirds of all vegetables consumed in the country. However, the imports have slowed down as Czech consumers increasingly prefer home-grown vegetables.
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