Wednesday, 18 October 2017

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Over $200m worth of food thrown away annually by households

The average Singapore household throws away about $170 worth of food and beverage a year, amounting to more than $200 million annually, according to a latest survey commissioned by appliance maker Electrolux Singapore.

The survey results, released yesterday in conjunction with World Food Day, also showed 85% of households do not consume food before the indicated date on the packages, contributing to a growing food waste problem here.

Food waste accounts for about 10% of total waste generated here and has spiked by more than 40% in the past 10 years.

It rose from 542,700 tonnes in 2006 to more than 790,000 tonnes last year, which is equivalent to two bowls of rice per person, per day.


Video: Prediabetic Asians not producing enough insulin

Researchers from the National University Hospital (NUH) have found that the main problem Asians on the brink of diabetes face is that they are not producing enough insulin.

Another reason for Type 2 diabetes is that the body does not respond to insulin effectively, also known as insulin resistance.

Watch the video here.


20 types of toothpaste sold in Singapore tested to be safe for use

A random sample of 20 toothpastes sold in Singapore have been found safe for use, after a product test commissioned by the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) was carried out.

CASE commissioned a test on the toothpastes for two substances, diethylene glycol and fluoride, which could be harmful to people, the consumer interest organisation said in a media release.

Severe exposure to diethylene glycol has been associated with renal disorders, according to CASE.

It added that excessive levels of fluoride in toothpastes have been associated with symptoms such as tooth discolouration, especially for children, and the risk of bone fractures.

Please read the full article for the complete list of toothpaste tested.


Forum: Pedestrians must look out for their own safety

When it comes to accidents involving pedestrians, the driver is often deemed to be at fault because pedestrians are considered vulnerable.

This could be a reason why pedestrians tend to take their safety for granted on public roads and assume that vehicles will surely give way to them (Rise in jaywalking accidents, with 30% involving the elderly; Oct 12).

This perception has to change. While drivers may be responsible, pedestrians are equally responsible.

Image: AsiaOne
Jaywalking is clearly an offence.

When pedestrians are caught infringing the traffic rules, they should be penalised.

Many times, pedestrians ignore the drivers' right of way.

They stand very close to the kerb, or spill over onto the road instead of staying on the pavement.

They cross at road bends, behind a reversing vehicle and even when they know a vehicle is turning towards them. Many also do not hold the children's hands when taking them across the road.

Another common trend, especially among young people, is putting on earphones and listening to loud music. This decreases their ability to hear the horn of oncoming vehicles.

Pedestrian are responsible for their own safety and must obey all traffic laws.

They must cross the road only at the proper crossings, and when the traffic light is in their favour.

Pedestrians must never assume that drivers will surely give way to them.

They must not underestimate the danger, especially as they will clearly be the losers in a clash of flesh versus metal.

Donny Ho Boon Tiong