Singaporeans give thumbs up to recycled soya-bean pulp Okara floss

Here's a surprise finding: Singaporeans generally are willing to eat mock-meat floss made from recycled food waste.

All of the 10 people interviewed by RazorTV on July 22 gave Okara floss the thumbs up. The floss is made from soy bean pulp, a by-product of soya bean milk production.

Okara floss was created by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) as a way to combat food waste.

Food waste in Singapore reached a record high last year with 703,200 tonnes - a 26 per cent jump from 558,900 tonnes in 2007. At least 30 tonnes of soy bean pulp is produced daily and it would otherwise be discarded or fed to animals.

Okara floss is not sold in stores yet, but it appears that Singaporeans RazorTV spoke to have taken to it.

They were not initially told what they were eating.

"As long as it's nice, I'll just eat," one young chap said.

Another man proclaimed it was "too good to be waste".

Other Singaporeans even said that they would pay up to $15 for a packet of the vegetarian floss.

Minister for National Development Mr Khaw Boon Wan also gave the snack his stamp of approval in a blog post on July 10.

"It is tasty!" he wrote, citing it as a practical solution to food waste.

AVA hopes companies will market the floss and other variations of Okara products, such as vegetarian ngoh hiang and spring roll. The agency is also working on recycling other food by-products like mussel extract and fish trimmings.

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