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Godiva recalls chocolate over metal debris

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 30, 2007

Godiva Chocolatier (Asia) Ltd has notified the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) that it is recalling its 16-piece Christmas Carre Gift Box containing Christmas Milk Caramel Carre chocolate squares, following two reports in Japan of a small strand of metal found in the chocolate. No injuries have been reported.

A statement from AVA on Friday said the recall is a voluntary one.

AVA has directed the importers to recall the affected product from the market immediately.

These gift boxes, carrying the produce code 5000059, are only available in Godiva-owned retail stores in Singapore. About 40 boxes of the chocolates have been sold. (story)

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Singapore and Indonesia continue boundary discussions

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 30, 2007

Delegations from the Governments of Indonesia and Singapore have held a fourth round of technical discussions on maritime boundaries between their two countries in Bandung, Indonesia.

Singapore’s Foreign Ministry said the two-day meeting, which ended on Friday, was held in a friendly atmosphere and proceeded smoothly.

It added that good progress was made in the negotiations. The meeting has moved to the stage of submission of specific proposals and further work will continue on the proposals. (story)

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Maria Sharapova to play exhibition in Singapore

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 30, 2007

Former world number one Maria Sharapova will make her debut in Singapore next month when she takes on compatriot Anna Chakvetadze in an exhibition match.Sharapova, who has won two grand slam titles, will play the world number six on December 30 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, organisers said on Friday.

The 20-year-old was runner-up in the season-ending WTA tour championship in Madrid after making a top-five finish in the tour rankings for the fourth consecutive year. (story)

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Finland company to invest $810 million into Singapore plant

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 30, 2007

Neste Oil Corp. announced plans Friday to build a renewable biodiesel plant in Singapore that is expected to be online in 2010, in a project valued at US$810 million.The new plant, with an annual capacity of 800,000 tons, will use palm oil as its main raw material, the Finnish company said.

“The investment forms part of Neste Oils strategic goal of becoming the world’s leading renewable diesel producer,” Neste said. “The use of biofuels such as NExBTL (biodiesel) is predicted to increase rapidly in developed economies over the next few years.” (story)

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India to cut tariffs on Singapore imports

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 30, 2007

India will eliminate or reduce tariff on 555 products it imports from Singapore to boost bilateral trade, Information and Broadcasting Minister, P R Dasmunsi, said on Friday.

“The Cabinet at its meeting on Thursday evening gave its approval for tariff elimination/reduction on 555 products through a protocol of amendment of India-Singapore Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement,” he told reporters here.

New Delhi would also offer Singapore any subsequent improvement made at the time of ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement in terms of product coverage timeline, Rules of Origin with appropriate amendments to India-Singapore CECA. (story)

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