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Singapore Budget 2014: Food waste must be cut to improve food security

Published on Mar 10, 2014 7:21 PM
 

Singapore needs to cut food waste and its food industry should share resources like procurement and equipment, to improve food security.

Those were the recommendations of an inter-ministry committee on food security, formed in 2012 to tackle Singapore's food security risks and vulnerabilities, said Minister of State for National Development Dr Maliki Osman in Parliament on Monday.

Some firms are already cooperating, he said. For example, the Restaurant Association of Singapore set up an online portal that allows restaurants to automate procurement processes, and so far, 62 restaurants have signed up.

But food waste from households, food manufacturing and catering, retail, malls and other sources is still a concern, he said. "In 2012, about 703,200 tonnes of food waste was generated in Singapore. This is equivalent to, on average, an individual wasting about 650 bowls of rice per year."

Unfinished food and drink left on a table at a hawker centre. Singapore needs to cut food waste and its food industry should share resources like procurement and equipment, to improve food security. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
 
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