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Michelin Announces 2019 Stars for Hong Kong and Macau

Monica Burton wrote . . . . . . . . .

Once again, Michelin has announced its starred restaurant selection for Hong Kong and neighboring Macau. This year, the French tire company has awarded two new restaurants three Michelin stars, its highest honor. Caprice in Hong Kong and Jade Dragon in Macau were both elevated to three stars in the 2019 Michelin guide.

The announcement marks something of a comeback for Caprice, a contemporary French restaurant currently helmed by Guillaume Galliot. The restaurant had three Michelin stars from 2010 to 2013, but dropped down to two stars in the 2014 guide. Macau Cantonese restaurant Jade Dragon, meanwhile, has three stars for the first time. It made its first appearance in the guide with one star in 2014 and was bumped up to two stars in 2016.

There are four new two-star restaurants in the guide this year. French-Japanese restaurant Ecriture, Takashi Saito’s Sushi Saito, and Cantonese restaurant Ying Jee Club add to Hong Kong’s two-star count. The Alain Ducasse restaurant at the Morpheus hotel in Macau brings that city’s two-star restaurant total to five.

Hong Kong also gets six new one-star restaurants this year. Unsurprisingly, given Michelin’s track record, the list includes some more French selections: Arbor uses Japanese ingredients in French cuisine, and Belon is a “neo-Parisian bistro.” But the list of new one-star restaurants also features a Tandoor grill house, New Punjab Club, and a restaurant serving cuisine from Chinese city Taizhou, Xin Rong Ji.

The full Michelin guide contains a total of 82 starred recommendations (63 in Hong Kong and 19 in Macau), including 10 three-starred restaurants, 17 two-starred restaurants, and 55 one-starred restaurants across the two cities.

Source: Eater


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Poo Found on Every McDonald’s Touchscreen Tested in UK

Adam Smith wrote . . . . . . . . .

Traces of faeces have been found on every single McDonald’s touchscreen swabbed in an investigation by metro.co.uk.

Samples were taken from the new machines that have been rolled out at restaurants across the country – every one of them had coliforms.

Senior lecturer in microbiology at London Metropolitan University Dr Paul Matewele said: ‘We were all surprised how much gut and faecal bacteria there was on the touchscreen machines. These cause the kind of infections that people pick up in hospitals.

‘For instance Enterococcus faecalis is part of the flora of gastrointestinal tracts of healthy humans and other mammals. It is notorious in hospitals for causing hospital acquired infections.’ Unsuspecting diners choose their food on the touchscreens then head to the server to pick up their burgers more often than not without washing their hands.

A screen at one branch was found to have staphylococcus, a bacteria that can cause blood poisoning and toxic shock syndrome.

Dr Matewele said: ‘Seeing Staphylococcus on these machines is worrying because it is so contagious. ‘It starts around people’s noses, if they touch their nose with their fingers and then transfer it to the touchscreen someone else will get it, and if they have an open cut which it gets into, then it can be dangerous.

‘There is a lot of worries at the moment that staphylococcus is becoming resistant to antibiotics. However, it is still really dangerous in places like Africa where it can cause toxic shock.’ Metro.co.uk’s study with the university’s school of human sciences involved swabs taken from eight McDonald’s restaurants. Six in London and two in Birmingham.

Listeria bacteria was found in Oxford Street and Holloway Road branches. It can cause listeriosis which can lead to miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. Dr Matewele said: ‘Listeria is another rare bacterium we were shocked to find on touchscreen machines as again this can be very contagious and a problem for those with a weak immune system.’

Three quarters of the screens swabbed showed traces of the bacteria proteus.

Dr Matewele said: ‘Proteus can be found in human and animal faeces. It is also widely distributed in soil. It can cause urinary tract infections and is also one of the hospital acquired infections where it may responsible for septicaemia.

‘Klebsiella is also from the gut and mouth, they are associated with urinary tract infections, septicemia and diarrhoea. Some species can infect the respiratory tract resulting in pneumonia.’

Source: Metro