Sunday, 16 September 2018

Muji recalls red bean jam pancake due to mould

Japanese retail firm Muji has recalled its mini dorayaki, or red bean jam pancake, after mould was found in some of the packages, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said on Friday (Sep 14).

In its media release, AVA urged customers who have bought the product not to eat it.

The affected pancakes have expiry dates of Sep 12 to Dec 5.

"Consumers can bring the product to a Muji outlet, or contact Muji customer service at 6346 4123 or for a refund," said AVA.

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Forum: Reinventing the hawker centre would kill its charm

hawker centre - a place where hawkers sell afforable food to the locals

Reinventing the hawker centre means making it what it is not, and this would cause it to lose its appeal (Reinvent the hawker experience, by Dr Patrick Liew Siow Gian; Sept 8).

Why do Singaporeans enjoy the hawker centre culture?

Hawker centres are conveniently located. There is variety. Often, we can find tasty, affordable, and familiar food that is local and close to our heart.

The non-air-conditioned setting may get too warm occasionally, but the casual atmosphere makes the experience of eating there unpretentious and fuss-free.

Simplicity of experience, variety of choices and affordability - these are the hallmarks of our hawker culture that have thrived for so many years. These are possible because hawker centres offer low overheads and are usually in good locations to attract customers, allowing hawkers to focus on their culinary craft and offer good food.

Singapore already has a diverse range of dedicated entertainment spots catering to "a wide spectrum of tastes, sights, sounds, smells and feelings", so there is no need to reinvent the hawker experience into something it is not.

Such an attempt at reinvention would also incur heavy costs. Would this be passed on to the customers, making the pricing no different from that at a foodcourt?

To reinvent the hawker centre experience is to dilute its identity.

To improve the hawker centre experience, we should focus instead on enhancing its simplicity, variety and affordability. We can attract the next generation of hawkers by focusing on the reason why people become hawkers: to make a good living.

Create an environment that makes it easy to enter the industry and possible for hawkers to continue offering cheap and good food.

Teo Chian Chye


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Scam alert: Singapore police warn of kidnap scams targeting China students

Police are warning of a kidnap scam involving Chinese national students in Singapore, where their parents are deceived into thinking that their children have been kidnapped and that a ransom must be paid to secure their release.

In a statement on Friday (14 September), police said that they have received several reports since January 2018 about the scam.

Police would also like to advise members of the public who receive unsolicited calls to do the following: don’t panic, don’t believe and don’t give.


Dairy IS good for you!

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Having three servings of dairy a day could help lower your risk of heart disease, a new study claims.

The last few years have seen the rise of the anti-dairy health fad, with advocates saying whole milk and other dairy products - high in saturated fat - raise LDL cholesterol, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

But researchers said they found those who consumed three servings of milk, cheese, butter or cream per day were almost two times less likely to suffer from heart disease and strokes, compared to having fewer servings.


Bad Apple: More Mac Apps Have Been Stealing User Data

News broke last week that Adware Doctor, an ad-blocker sold in the Mac App Store, quietly stole its users' browser histories and sent them to a server in China. This malicious data collection was independently confirmed by two researchers and promptly disclosed to Apple but remained in the virtual store, seemingly until it started making headlines. Over the weekend, the saga continued with revelations that several other apps in the Mac App Store were doing the same thing.

A report said to be published by cybersecurity vendor Trend Micro says people had been complaining that Dr. Unarchiver, Dr. Cleaner and other utilities sold in the Mac App Store were exfiltrating their browser history since at least December 2017. Nobody seemed to pay much attention to those reports until Adware Doctor's scandal.