Home > Lifestyle > Food > News
Saturday July 19, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Saturday July 19, 2014 MYT 10:54:50 AM
by jeannette i. andrade
Half is fine: Filipinos are wasting 8bil pesos (RM579mil) worth of rice yearly. An ordinance has been passed to allow customers to order just half a cup of rice instead of one.
Half-cup of rice option soon a must in Philippines' city restaurants.
Soon, all food establishments in Quezon City, Philippines – including those in hospitals, schools, even catering businesses – will be required to offer their customers the option of ordering half a cup of rice.
Citing a report that Filipinos were wasting 8bil pesos (RM579mil) worth of rice yearly, the Quezon City council approved on third and final reading on Monday the “Half-cup rice ordinance of 2014”, which would impose a fine of up to 2,000 pesos (RM145) on violators in addition to the possible suspension of their business permits.
In approving the proposed ordinance, councillors took into consideration a report by the Los Banos, Laguna-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) which stated that the country was wasting 23mil pesos worth of rice every day. The IRRI noted that the rice going to waste could be used to feed 4.3 million people.
The city council also cited data from the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Institute which showed that on the average, every Filipino wastes three tablespoons or 9g of rice daily, equivalent to 3.3 kilos a year.
“The hundred tonnes of rice wasted each year, not just in the Philippines but in the whole world, need to be taken seriously; our social conscience will tell us that the rice we waste can just be the very rice we need to feed the hungry and the undernourished,” it said.
It added: “Empirical evidence shows that the availability of a half cup or half order of rice serving (will) minimise wastage especially within the food service industry.”
As defined in the ordinance, a half cup or half order of rice refers to half or roughly 80g of the default restaurant serving of 158g or a whole cup of rice.
Covered by the new regulation are “all businesses, institutions and companies responsible for any meal prepared outside the home,” including restaurants, fastfood chains, school and hospital cafeterias, food courts and catering businesses in Quezon City. — Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network
Tags / Keywords:
Overloading eyed in Philippine ferry capsize
Fostering closer KL-Manila ties
Ferry disaster death toll rises
Halal Chinese-style dishes
Boat with 173 on board capsizes in Philippine waters, at least 33 dead
Power to maximise space
Tough choice for Parents Day contest judges
Buka puasa buffet with 80 dishes
BookFest@Malaysia 2015 is officially launched
Celebrate Raya in style with GEMFIVE
The 3 unexpected life events that leave us in debt
Council’s community affairs department wins best dish
Soundcloud announces significant update for iOS app
Historic moment for Africa as Teklehaimanot starts Tour
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)