15 May '18, 2am

Remove fried rice from cooked food stalls' menus

The report on food safety practices certainly serves as a useful reminder (Some takeaways on ensuring food is safe to eat ; May 12). However, it does not mention Bacillus cereus, the culprit notorious worldwide for "fried rice syndrome" - food poisoning due to its toxins in cooked rice. People still get food poisoning from the bacteria but are unaware of the cause for their symptoms as the toxins are undetectable through smell, taste or colour. It is difficult to completely avoid food contamination with this bacteria as it is often present in soil particles, dust and even sacks of uncooked rice grains. While the bacteria is killed through heat treatment, its heat-resistant spores survive even when rice is cooked and multiply at an optimal temperature of between 30 deg C and 40 deg C, which is our room temperature. The advice given by the Ministry of Health (MOH) against su...

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