Environment Food Singapore 

KFC to be the first fast food chain in Singapore to ditch plastic caps and straws

There’s been a ramping up of anti-plastic waste measures by huge companies recently. For example, furniture megachain IKEA announced at the start of June that it was working to “stop selling single-use plastic products such as straws, cups and freezer bags by Jan 1, 2020”. Locally, food delivery service Deliveroo also announced that plastic cutleries are now on an ‘opt-in’ basis – meaning that by default, your orders won’t come with any plastic cutlery. Today, fast food giant KFC Singapore announced that it is also hopping onto the bandwagon –…

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Food News Singapore 

New hygiene rating system for eateries to kick in from late 2020

SINGAPORE – The National Environment Agency (NEA) will replace the existing hygiene grading system for eateries in late 2020, in the the first review of its kind in over 20 years. The new food hygiene recognition scheme will focus on consistency, with establishments awarded bronze, silver and gold ratings based on their track record. Eateries with no major hygiene lapses for two years will get a bronze award, and those with a clean record of five or 10 years will get silver and gold respectively. Currently, establishments are graded A,…

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Food Singapore 

Toast Box outlet at Plaza Singapura suspended over rat, cockroach infestations

SINGAPORE: The Toast Box outlet at Plaza Singapura has been suspended for two weeks over rodent and cockroach infestations. According to a suspension notice posted on the National Environment Agency’s website (NEA) on Friday (May 25), a “foodshop at 68 Orchard Road, #01-23 (left side, part of) Plaza Singapura” was suspended after accumulating 12 demerit points in the past year for the offences. It was also fined S$800. The suspension is from May 25 to Jun 7. The unit is occupied by adjoining BreadTalk and Toast Box outlets, both of…

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China Food Maylasia 

Malaysia recalls two products of China tinned sardines found to contain worms

TLC Sardines in Tomato Sauce, one of two products recalled in Malaysia after they were found contaminated with dead worms. (Photo: Malaysia Health Ministry website)  KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s health ministry on Thursday (Apr 19) recalled two products of canned sardines from China after they were found to contain dead worms. In a statement, director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said analysis by the Health Ministry found that the TL Tan Lung Canned Sardines in Tomato Sauce produced by Fujian Yongfa, as well as the TLC Sardines in Tomato Sauce produced by Dongshan Dongyi Foods, were…

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Asia fine dining Food News 

Cooking a perfect turkey boils down to physics

The optimum temperature for cooking turkey is at one that makes the bird just cooked, just above 75 deg C internally, says celebrity chef Ryan Hong.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN  The turkey is a physics puzzle in itself, says celebrity chef Ryan Hong. When you are dealing with this big bird, it is like having two different meats. The leg has connective tissue and fat inside, while the breast has a minimal amount, he explained. “If you cook turkey breast at a high temperature, it will dry out. The lack of…

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Economy Education fine dining Food Health Singapore 

‘Diabetic-friendly’ noodles developed to encourage healthier eating

The participants were presented with the diabetic-friendly and conventional versions of the noodles. (Photo: Wendy Wong) SINGAPORE: A healthier version of mee rebus and chee cheong fun might soon become a reality, thanks to “diabetic-friendly” noodles being co-developed by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) and the Food Innovation Research Centre at Singapore Polytechnic. At an engagement and tasting session for local noodle manufacturers on Monday (Sep 25), two new noodle prototypes with a lower glycemic index were introduced.  The first prototype, which was yellow noodles, was made with beta-glucan – an…

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Asia Food News 

Problems at new Yishun hawker centre hardto swallow for diners

Operator looks to improve tray return, cashless payment systems and cut drink queues SINGAPORE — Barely a week after it opened, patrons at Yishun’s newest hawker centre are already grumbling about its design and user-friendliness, while hawkers are grappling with teething problems linked to the cashless payment system. Patrons who spoke to TODAY welcomed the extra dining option in the neighbourhood, but said that the 800-seat Yishun Park Hawker Centre — managed by Timbre Group — is in need of improvement.  Among their grouses is the sole drinks stall at…

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Food News Singapore 

Yishun Park Hawker Centre run by Timbre opens for business

Yishun Park Hawker Centre opened on Wednesday (Sep 20). (Photo: Lennard Lim) SINGAPORE: The Yishun Park Hawker Centre at Yishun Avenue 11 opened on Wednesday (Sep 20) with 13 stallholders that are new to the hawker business. Managing agent Timbre Group said in a news release that it refers to its 43 stallholders as “hawker heroes”. “We respect them for toiling over hot stoves and working long hours, all in the name of serving consistently good and affordable food,” said Timbre Group managing director and co-founder Edward Chia. “This is…

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Education Food Health Singapore 

Love of food, lack of activity leave Singaporeans vulnerable to diabetes

Are we eating too much calorie-rich food every day? (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman) Diabetes is a serious condition that Singaporeans need to take seriously, argue two experts from NUS’ Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. SINGAPORE: Last week, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlighted that Singapore must “go all out” to fight diabetes in his National Day message. He said a big reason for ill health in old age is diabetes, with almost a third of those over 60 having this disease. “At first diabetes is an invisible disease, but…

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Airplane Food Melbourne Singapore Airlanes 

SIA reviewing serving of nuts on flights following toddler’s allergic reaction

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) is reviewing the serving of nuts on board its flights after a toddler suffering from anaphylaxis – an allergy towards peanuts – had a reaction on board a Melbourne-bound flight. According to Australian media, the young boy’s family had requested a nut-free meal for the flight. The meal was served to him, but his eyes began to swell and he started vomiting after passengers opened packets of peanuts which had been served to them as a snack. In response to queries from Channel NewsAsia, a spokesperson…

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