Is it safe to eat food left out in the open?

The recent spate of food poisoning cases has raised concerns about food safety. The Straits Times visited Amici Events and Catering to find out how it prepares meals in a safe and hygienic way.
Experts say pre-cooked food, such as chicken and roasted meat, carries much less microbial contamination than raw food like sushi. Proper food handling right from the start, and keeping food behind barriers to prevent contamination from food handlers
Experts say pre-cooked food, such as chicken and roasted meat, carries much less microbial contamination than raw food like sushi. Proper food handling right from the start, and keeping food behind barriers to prevent contamination from food handlers, will also reduce contamination. LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE PHOTO

Minimal handling of cooked food and using clean ingredients help, say experts

A key hygiene rule requiring food to be kept hot - above 60 deg C - before eating, to prevent poisoning, has thrown up interesting questions.

How have generations of Singaporeans managed to survive common fare like Hainanese chicken rice, cai png (economy rice) and roasted meat, when some items like the chicken itself are left hanging outside for hours or even an entire day, without massive food poisoning events?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 13, 2019, with the headline 'Is it safe to eat food left out in the open?'. Print Edition | Subscribe