#241 food poisoning

The hygiene rating for local food centers is questionable.

Previously under the HDB, complaints lodged that the food centers were not as clean and rats found visiting certain areas at dark but there was no case of death reported.

However, recently two elderly died after eating rojak (a local salad) and many had food poisoning at Geylang Serai food center. Two days ago, people had food poisoning from eating steamboat. (Steamboat is diners cooking uncooked food — meat and vegetables — over boiling hot soup under gas flame laid on the table.)

Rats were caught at night– around 70?

Today, foods sold in the wet markets or supermarkets are generally fresh.

Has the level of environment cleanliness dropped?

In the past, when locals were employed to do such menial tasks, there were no cases of emergencies reported except complaints. Today, are we depending too much on foreign workers? Mind you their level of cleanliness differs that of our locals. Who is to blame then?

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#214 food scare

Milk, an essential for babies and now cup noodles, the popular fast food for adults especially the elderly who found this convenient to prepare.

All one needs is to pour hot water into the cup and wait for several minutes…voila, the food is ready for eating! Mind you, the price for a cup noodle is not that cheap…but for convenience, to fill the hungry stomach and saving time in this fast track life is an alternative choice!

Tainted milk in China stole the headlines at a time when the global financial crisis was looming large, now this cup noodle scare in Japan where insecticide is found! Is there something more sinister?!

About a million cups were recalled. This scare comes at a time when prices of some staple foods are on the rise!

The Nissin Foods product company was founded by Mr Momofuku Ando. Died at ripe age of 96, he was born in Taiwan in 1910 and returned to Japan in 1933. According to sources, he was inspired to provide cheap food for the masses after witnessing people queueing for hot ramen (noodle) at a black market stall during the time of food shortage in WWII.

Interestingly the first instant noodle came on the market in 1958 but the cup noodle in 1971.

#172 desert farming

I found this videoclip at International Herald Tribune on the risks of desert farming.

Israel is a country that makes the most of every drop of water there is to produce food…Naturally the cost of producing food this way is costly and there is no way that man can control the weather. Will man die of starvation when there is massive drought?

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid959009704?bclid=1026280058&bctid=1721772082.

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid959009704?bclid=1026280058&bctid=1721772082. (dated 10 August 2008 IHT)

Lest not able to see the videoclip, please enter ‘the health and science’ category on the right of the videoclip page.

#150 fertilizers

I hear that farmers in some parts of England are using human wastes as fertilizers for their crops.

Today, are farmers in developed countries resort to using human faeces or wastes to fertilize? By using such, they are producing organic foods.

In many Asian less developed countries, farmers used human faeces in producing vegetables for consumption. Vegetables taste sweeter and give better yield apparently.

As a country progresses, only then fertilizers were used. However with the high inflation and affordability, well…man is returning to the primitive but sensible ways of living.

#148 foods

Why are there foods categorised into good foods and bad foods?

Is food bad for one’s health as a result of over-consumption?

Food glorious food! Take in moderation, food is good and nourishing the body.

However when one enters 60 years of age, one’s metabolism slows down markedly. Intake of foods are less likely to digest properly resulting in accumulated wastes which then build up toxins (?).

I’ve known of many who had a changed of diet contracted cancer.

There must be a balance in intake of food with physical exercise and a peaceful sound mind and intellectual stimulation to make life exciting, interesting and meaningful.

#127

Will there be fewer obese kids around now that the food prices soared especially in the more affluent countries?

The only sad situation is the really poor suffer for want of basics.

It seems the world leaders were making concerted effort to eradicate poverty only to find food prices soar — the days for cheap food is gone — poverty remains. Indeed the poor will always be with us.

What can we offer to these poor to help them rise up? The really poor are too proud to reach out for handouts as dignity is the only left as a human.

One weapon to fight poverty is good governance — governing leaders who are concerned for the welfare of the people and to weed out corruption.