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HSA clarifies that viral video on Po Chai pills recall in Hong Kong took place in 2010

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After a viral video resurfaced again, HSA clarifies that the Po Chai pills recall is Hong Kong is an old news that took place in 2010.

HSA statement in full below:

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) would like to inform members of the public that a recently circulated news clip on the recall of Po Chai Pills in Hong Kong is based on a previously reported incident that took place in 2010. The news clip mentioned that Po Chai Pills is being recalled in Hong Kong due to the presence of two chemical substances, phenolphthalein (a laxative) and sibutramine (a banned western medicinal ingredient for slimming), which were detected after testing was done by Singapore authorities.

2    HSA would like to inform members of the public that this incident occurred in 2010 following HSA’s detection of the two chemical substances in Po Chai Pills (Capsule Form) during our routine surveillance checks. Po Chai products manufactured by Li Chung Shing Tong used to be available in 2 different forms – Po Chai Pills packaged in capsules (Capsule Form) and Po Chai Pills packaged in bottles (Bottle Form). The product that was affected was Po Chai Pills (Capsule Form) and not Po Chai Pills (Bottle Form). The manufacturer ceased production of Po Chai Pills (Capsule Form) and stopped marketing it in Singapore since May 2010, after HSA recalled the specific batch of the product in 2010. No adulterants were detected in Po Chai Pills (Bottle Form). Please refer to photos of both products below.

3    Following HSA’s detection of the disallowed substances in Po Chai Pills (Capsule Form) in 2010, Hong Kong’s Department of Health (DOH) recalled all the Po Chai Pills products. As Po Chai Pills (Bottle Form) was not affected, DOH subsequently allowed the manufacturer to resume production and marketing of the pills.
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4    Po Chai Pills (Bottle form) is still being sold in Singapore, and HSA continues to monitor the product under our product quality surveillance programme. In the latest laboratory test in June 2016, the product was found to be compliant with the quality standards. The product did not contain phenolphthalein, sibutramine or any other western potent medicinal ingredients or contaminants.

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Jollibee is finally open at Waterway Point and the queues are insane

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It is no secret that Singaporeans love their fried chicken, especially the ones from the famous Filipino fast-food chain, Jollibee.

When people heard that an outlet would be opening at Waterway Point on 18 July (Friday), you can bet that many people were pretty excited about the news.

And to show their enthusiasm, some people started queueing outside the store from as early as 7.30am.

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Jollibee snapped some pictures of the insane queues and shared them on Facebook to show everyone how well-loved their fried chicken is.

One reason for the long queues was that the first 100 people in the line were entitled to the very adorable Jollibee pillows. The lucky first 5 customers managed to walk away with the limited edition Jollibee Funko POP! Figurine.

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So, if you’re a fried chicken lover and you live near Waterway Point, you definitely need to check Jollibee’s new outlet out (maybe after the queues have died down)!

Address: 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828763
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Punggol

Photo credits: Jollibee Singapore

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Singapore’s first and only Hello Kitty themed cafe to shut down in 2019

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All good things come to an end — and so it shall be with Hello Kitty. Not the actual character of course, but the themed cafe inspired by the iconic feline character at Changi Airport Terminal 3. Earlier today, the 24-hour eatery announced in a Facebook post that they will officially shut its doors for good on February 8, 2019.

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Photo Credit: Hello Kitty Cafe Singapore / Facebook

This piece of news came as a shock to Hello Kitty’s throng of diehard fans, who queued up for hours on the cafe’s opening day in May 2016 just to snap selfies with the beloved character. No statement has been issued as to why Hello Kitty Orchard Garden would be closing down, but according to operator Europa Specialty Restaurant, an end of licensing and partnership with Sanrio is the reason for closure.

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Photo Credit: Hello Kitty Cafe Singapore / Facebook

To mark its departure, the cafe will be throwing tea parties over two weekends in December. It’ll be all fun and games, and don’t forget to savour their feline-shaped waffles and smoked salmon quiche for one last time.

Photo Credit: Hello Kitty Cafe Singapore / Facebook

However, be prepared to spend. A ticket for two sells at $138, and it comes with food and drinks, limited edition Orchids For You figurines and exclusive thank-you cards autographed by Hello Kitty herself.

Guess goodbye really comes at a cost. Buy your tickets here.

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Popular influencer NasDaily releases video celebrating Singapore

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After making a surprise announcement that he was coming to Singapore to film a video, popular travel vlogger NasDaily releases a one miniature long video celebrating all the things we take for granted as citizens of the little red dot.

Nas is famously known for his daily one minute videos which he uploads on his Facebook page, NasDaily. The influencer is known for travelling all over the world and learning about cultures and practices and then making videos about them to educate his viewers.

On Tuesday (21 Aug), Nas put out a post on Facebook announcing that he was visiting Singapore on 22 August and asked fans to gather outside the Singapore Indoor Stadium to be part of his video.

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On the day, over 700 people turned up to be part of this experience.

The video, which was released on 23 August, is entitled “Why I Hate Singapore” and it basically celebrates Singapore’s ethnic diversity as well as many things that Singaporeans take for granted such as the food and the fact that we have drinkable and clean water running from our taps.

While the video acknowledged problems Singaporeans face such as inequality and the high cost of living, it did so in a way that glossed over the problems and encouraged people to appreciate what we have.

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At the event meet up itself, which was changed from outside the Esplanade to the Singapore Sports Hub, which agreed to help the star to shoot his video without break-in any anti-gathering laws, participants got to enjoy Nas’s highly energetic self.

The vlogger talked with fans and gave them a glimpse into what producing his videos took.

Despite the crowd, fans were thrilled to be part of this journey with Nas.

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