Thursday, 26 July 2018

Recalled: Pinguin's frozen mixed vegetables, sweet corn kernels over listeria fears

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore announced it has recalled Pinguin's frozen mixed vegetables and sweet corn kernels, amid a listeria outbreak in Europe.

An alert on a multi-country foodborne outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes in Europe has been issued by the European Commission’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, said AVA in the press release.

The outbreak was possibly due to microbial contamination from a production plant, Greenyard Frozen, in Hungary, said the authority.

The implicated products are Pinguin's 1kg frozen mixed vegetables, with any expiry date up to March 2020 as well as the 2.5kg packet of sweet corn kernels, with any expiry date up to February 2019.

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HFMD virus found on supermarket trolley handlebars, child rides in Penang

The main cause of the outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in Penang has been identified as contact with supermarket trolley handlebars and child rides at shopping malls.

According to The Sun Daily, investigations by officials found that toys and chairs in malls were also among the main causes.

In a letter issued by the southwest district health office, authorities also advised shopping malls to disinfect such items, the report added.

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Blood moon eclipse can be seen in Singapore on 28 July

Make a date to view the longest lunar eclipse of the century.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon line up perfectly, casting Earth’s shadow on the moon. During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the Moon.

In Singapore, this lunar event is expected to start from 1.14 am and end at 5.13am, with the total eclipse at 3.30 am.

Unlike a solar eclipse, you can view a lunar eclipse with your naked eyes.

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Forum: Leave it to consumers to opt for added services

I refer to the letter by Ms Karen Low of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) (PRS barring service provided to protect consumers; July 24).

A large number of customers of mobile companies are not consumers of premium rate services (PRS).

Further, a large percentage of mobile users are not necessarily IT-savvy consumers.

Given the role of IMDA in protecting consumers, it is not enough to offer a PRS barring service.

This requires consumers to not forget to enable PRS barring and to be tech-savvy enough to know how to do it.

We need to follow the European approach.

Mobile phone SIM card contracts must be always sold with PRS disabled by default.

Switching on the access to PRS by a consumer will thus be a deliberate act that has a clear audit trail.

No consumer can then say he did it by mistake, or complain about wrong billing as there will be clear evidence that he enabled PRS and that he selected a specific service.

This will also ensure that no consumer can be cheated by a rogue PRS provider.

Also, no telco operator can then be accused of trying to generate additional revenue by leaving on features that can separate unsuspecting consumers from some of their money.

This approach need not be limited to mobile services.

In general, it is good practice for all service packages for the public to be sold with only basic features enabled, leaving it to the consumer to optfor additional services, even if they are free.

In fact, this is what European Union legislation supports.

This is the correct approach that needs to be regulated by all ministries.

Rahul Patwardhan


Malaysia has highest rate of diabetes in Asia

Malaysia has the highest rate of diabetes in Asia and one of the highest in the world, probably next to Saudi Arabia, said the National Diabetes Institute (NADI) executive chairman, Dr Mustaffa Embong.

About 2.5 million adults aged 18 and above in Malaysia have diabetes, he said.

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