Thursday, 22 November 2018

Abstain from romaine lettuce - updated with advice from AVA

Public health officials in the United States and Canada on Tuesday (Nov 20) warned against eating romaine lettuce while they investigate an outbreak of E coli that has sickened 50 people in the two countries, including 13 who were hospitalised.

The alerts, issued as millions of Americans plan their Thanksgiving Day menus, covered all forms of romaine, including whole heads, hearts, bags, mixes and Caesar salad.

Officials were uncertain of the source of the tainted lettuce.

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You may want to read Unsure about source of your romaine lettuce? Throw it away, says AVA amid US E coli outbreak

My 2 cents:
I would normally not eat salad from eateries. The reason being the workers normally would just dip the vegetables into the water and that was it.

Vegetable leaves are unlike fruit-vegetables. Fruit-vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers have a smoother skin and can be washed easily off pesticide and other dirt. But leafy vegetables are harder to wash and they must be done correctly or the dirt will still be on the leaves.

Exceptional people: Six praised for nabbing four sex predators at MRT stations

(From left) Mr Edwin Khoo, Mr Lum Hui, Mr Jay Liu, Mr Eric Tan, Mr Thng Kay Beng and Mr Colin Toh. Photo: TheNewPaper
Six people who were presented with the Public Spiritedness Award at the Public Transport Security Command yesterday for stopping four sex predators at four MRT stations recently.

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Reduce food wastage

Source: TheNewPaper, 21 Nov, 2018

Singaporeans starting to eat healthier now

While they eat more wholegrain, fruit and vegetables, they still eat take in a lot of sugar and salt.

Nine in 10 people here are eating more than the recommended 5g of salt a day.

Sugar intake went up from 59g a day in 2010 to 60g, or about 12 teaspoons, this year. The World Health Organisation's recommendation is 25g a day.

The HPB said: "Singaporeans are consuming less sugar from drinks, but more from food, for example, confectionery and desserts. Nonetheless, pre-packaged sugar-sweetened drinks remain the single largest source of sugar in the diet, and more needs to be done to reduce sugar consumption from this source."


Forum: Accept that differences will always exist

It is human nature to form groups and fight for dominance; we see this in animals as well (To give hope for the future, 'escalator' must keep moving up: PM; Nov 12).

Human beings long to be part of a higher social standing, and use this mentality to motivate themselves to work harder in life.

Inevitably, this causes differences among people.

They could be biological or cognitive, but there exists a basic similarity in everyone - the fact that we are all different.

As we are different, how can we be expected to be treated equally?

Social classes exist because we recognise this fact.

When there are two people, there will always be some form of social classification.

Some people will always be better than others, and it is just human nature to separate and classify things.

Even if we got rid of a money-driven society, people would still be divided based on their occupations. There will always be jobs considered more distinguished and important than others.

True, there needs to be a change in mindsets and society has to evolve.

However, we should not forget that everyone has a specific place and role to play in society.

Hence, differences are to be expected and we should accept it.

Cheng Choon Fei


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