Traditional Czech ‘rum’ known as ‘tuzemák’ contains a carcinogenic
ingredient, a report by the European Food Safety Authority has suggested.
According to their analysis, the aroma in the alcoholic beverage contains
carcinogen which can be harmful to consumers’ health.
Agriculture Minister Marián Jurečka said that if the ingredient is banned by Brussels, the Czech Republic will be asking for an exemption so that the use can be continued.
Tuzemák, which is produced from sugar beet spirit, had to be renamed after EU regulations stipulated that only spirits distilled from sugar-cane can be called rum.
Lithium mining in Krušné Mountains could lead to more than 1,000 jobs,
say representatives of the town of Cínovec in the Teplice area, where
mining is planned.
Investments of around 10 billion crowns are expected and Cínovecká deponie, a company controlled by Czech billionaire Karel Janeček’s investment fund RSJ Investments, possesses all the necessary permits needed to mine the resource in Cínovec.
Lithium is one of the raw materials used for making batteries for electric cars and other applications for renewable energy. High demand and soaring prices could help make the Czech Republic one of the main producers of the metal worldwide.
Deputy Trade Minister Karel Novotný from the Social Democratic Party has
apologized for an anti-Romany statement he posted on Facebook. The deputy
compared Romanies to jellyfish, saying they were troublesome and useless.
Trade Minister Jiří Havlíček promptly distanced himself from the statement, saying it was totally unacceptable. Havlíček is to lose his quarterly bonuses as a result of the incident.
Lithium should be mined on an area of around 23 hectares at Horní Slavkov
in West Bohemia, according to a binding environmental impact assessment
conducted by the Ministry of the Environment, Novinky.cz reported. The site
is at a waste pond left behind after the mining of tin in the area.
A proposal to mine an area of over 44 hectares was rejected, as was the idea of extracting lithium in only two parts of the waste pond.
The Czech Republic has an estimated 3 percent of the world’s reserves of lithium, which is used in the production of mobile phones and electric cars.
The Czech Environment Ministry has approved lithium mining in the Sokolov
region in north-western Bohemia, where an estimated 5,400 tons of lithium
lies in former tailings ponds, the news site Novinky.cz reported on
The move has sparked protests from villages in the area which will be affected by the activity. The mayor of Horni Slavkov told Novinky he was upset that the ministry had not ruled out the transport of the mined lithium by road which would adversely affect living conditions in the area. The mayors of the villages concerned are pushing for rail transport to be the only option allowed.