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Are you eating at a grade C food stall?

Posted by jtsmyth8 on April 13, 2009

A stunning 80 stalls are now graded C according to the National Environment Agency (NEA). Only 3 received a B grade. The stalls were graded last December but many were still displaying their old marks. An NEA spokesman blamed delay mis-communication and internal complications. The quality of food concerns were raised after 2 people died from eating poisoned food from the food market. The poisoning was traced back to an Indian rojak stall there. 154 people came down with food poisoning after eating at the Rojak Geylang Serai stall on April 1.

Rojak Geylang Serai was graded C in 2007, but its stallholder continued to display its old B certificate, said NEA. (StraitsTimes)


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AVA to monitor U.S. poultry after positive bird flu test

Posted by jtsmyth8 on June 5, 2008

The Singapore Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) is monitoring the import of Tyson chicken products following reports that the US meat company has begun culling some 15,000 chickens that had been exposed to a strain of the avian flu in northwest Arkansas.

An AVA spokesman said on Wednesday that Singapore imported 289 tonnes of Tyson chicken products.

‘We are monitoring the situation and are in close contact with our counterparts. Only chicken that are safe to eat and free from birdflu are allowed to be imported into Singapore,’ said the spokesman.

He added that AVA ensures a resilient supply of safe and wholesome food by enforcing stringent food safety regulations and standards that are consistent with international practices.

Officials of the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission said routine blood tests conducted last Friday found the possible exposure of the chickens to the H7N3 strain of virus. (story)

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Old Chang Kee to expand operations

Posted by jtsmyth8 on March 5, 2008

Listed food retailer Old Chang Kee plans to open 22 new outlets in the next three years in Asia Pacific and sees 15 per cent revenue growth in 2008. William Lim, CEO of Old Chang Kee, told reporters in an interview on Wednesday the firm is focused on expanding its business in Singapore, with 13 of the new retail stores opening this year in the city-state.

‘There are a lot of future events that will springboard our future business – Formula One, the integrated resorts and Youth Olympic Games,’ Mr Lim said.

But Mr Lim said Old Chang Kee is taking its time with overseas expansion, with only 9 outlets in the pipelines so far in Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and China. (story)

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Where’d you get that pork?

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 7, 2008

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) is considering applications from slaughterhouses in both countries to sell frozen pork here, part of a government plan to diversify the country’s food supply.

Recent outbreaks such as bird flu, along with the wide-reaching fallout of climate change, have prompted AVA to look further afield for food supplies, said spokesman Goh Shih Yong.

‘We believe in taking no chances. Food safety is of paramount importance,’ he said.

In 2006, for example, the export of frozen raw chicken from Thailand and China was suspended because of a bird flu outbreak.

Similar scares have prompted AVA to look to meat producers in South America. (story)

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Food shortages forces Malaysia to take action

Posted by jtsmyth8 on January 16, 2008

Malaysia is planning to bar Singaporeans and Thais from taking home staple foods like flour and sugar to avert shortages of the subsidised goods, reports said Wednesday.

The move comes after the government was last week forced to flood the market with thousands of tonnes of cooking oil and flour as shortages left supermarket shelves stripped bare and restaurant owners warning they faced disruption.

‘So far, we have enforced prohibition to bring cooking oil out of the country but I will suggest (to the cabinet) that other food items be included in the list,’ Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Shafie Apdal said.

Shafie told the state Bernama news agency that the proposal would be submitted at Wednesday’s cabinet meeting.

Singaporeans often make day trips across the Causeway linking the island-state to Malaysia to fill their petrol tanks and buy groceries which are cheaper here. (story)

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