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Retailers charged in thawed pork fiasco

Posted by jtsmyth8 on December 14, 2007

The National Environment Agency (NEA) has slapped 31 pork retailers with fines of $300 each, this year for passing off thawed frozen pork as chilled pork.In a statement on Friday, the Consumer Association of Singapore (CASE) said it takes a serious view of this and advises consumers to be extra careful when making such purchases.

CASE said meat, either chilled or frozen is flown from the abattoir to retailers to ensure that consumers here enjoy fresh produce.

Chilled fresh meat is more expensive than its frozen equivalent because of transportation costs, handling charges and shorter shelf life.

For example, chilled fresh pork costs about 50 per cent more than the frozen version.

CASE said given the price difference, ‘some traders are tempted to pass off the thawed frozen meat as chilled fresh meat’.

‘This is compounded by the ignorance of consumers to judge visually whether the slab of meat is chilled or formerly frozen,’ it added. (story)


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Nano technology big in Singapore

Posted by jtsmyth8 on December 3, 2007

Some 40 local and foreign nano technology companies have set up shop here, dealing in anything from chemical engineering to cosmetics, a significant increase from just 10 companies three years ago.

‘The beauty about nanotech is that it is an enabling technology – it can be applied in any industry,’ said Spring group director of quality and standards Teo Nam Kuan.

Consumer demand for the industry is expected to grow to $1.05 trillion globally by 2010, said Minister of State for Trade and Industry S. Iswaran at the opening of the one-day Nanosymposium on Monday at the Biopolis.

But with such a wide array of applications, nano technology – the art of producing things on a molecular scale – unfortunately still lacks a unified set of standards and protocols, he noted.

The majority of nano technologies have yet to be commercialised, as uniform standards have yet to be established.

Interestingly, there are over 16,000 standards governing the production and use of anything from credit cards to DVDs and social enterprises, but none for nano technology. (story)

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