Monday, 7 January 2019

Sweeter than soda? The hidden sugars in bubble tea

Source: channelnewsasia

Bubble tea is a beverage that remains hugely popular in Singapore, with some people willing to queue for 30 minutes or more to get their favourite cup, but its potential impact on people's health has largely slipped under the radar.

However, for those fans who are also concerned about their diet and how it could impact their overall health, digging a little deeper into what goes into bubble tea could be worthwhile.

The sweetest varieties could contain more sugar than some soft drinks, which have frequently come under fire for containing too much sugar.

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Needles found in grapes from Melbourne supermarket: Report

Source: channelnewsasia

Australian police are investigating after needles were found in grapes bought from a supermarket in Melbourne.

Mr Skender Hasa and his partner Ms Shams Alsubaiy were snacking on a bag of seedless green grapes on Tuesday (Jan 1) after dinner when Ms Alsubaiy, who is pregnant, pricked herself picking up a grape.

Two needles were found after the couple cut open every grape in the bag.

The incident comes after a fruit contamination scare in September last year when more than 200 cases of needles hidden in strawberries were reported in Australia.

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Ambulance equipment contaminated with drug-resistant superbug

Ambulance oxygen tanks are likely to carry the "superbug" MRSA, a small U.S. study suggests, pointing to the need for regular disinfection of medical equipment.

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Researchers tested nine oxygen tanks carried by three ambulances based at an emergency medical services (EMS) station in Alabama. They found MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, on all nine tanks.

They also swabbed oxygen tanks in a storage area, finding MRSA on 96 percent of the stored cylinders.

MRSA infections are difficult to treat because the bacteria are resistant to common antibiotics. Although usually mild, MRSA infections still cause thousands of deaths each year.

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Singapore suspends raw pork imports from parts of China with African swine fever

Singapore has suspended the import of pork and pork products from parts of China with outbreaks of African swine fever, said the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) on Friday (Jan 4).

These areas include Anhui, Fujian, Henan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Liaoning, Sichuan, Zhejiang and Shanghai.

Only processed pork products from approved establishments in the affected areas that have been heat-treated to inactivate the virus are allowed to be imported, AVA said.

The disease is deadly for pigs but does not harm people.

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