You Can Buy Norwegian Salmon Fillets From Vending Machines in Singapore

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Singapore is known for its diverse food offerings. Whether you want a Michelin-starred meal from a food court stall or a $2 million dining experience, the southeast Asian city-state has options. But even in Singapore's unique culinary scene, these vending machines stand out. As Atlas Obscura reports, the valuables inside the so-called "ATMs" are frozen salmon fillets from Norway.

The first of the salmon ATMs appeared in the Wisteria shopping mall in January 2019, and there are dozens of them located throughout Singapore today. The automated machines are a way for the company Norwegian Salmon Pte Ltd to sell its products at a lower price. There's no cashier or even a storefront standing between customers and their salmon: With these expenses taken out of the equation, a single fillet costs just US$4.25.

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To foreigners, Singapore may seem like an odd location for a Scandinavian salmon ATM, but it was a no-brainer for the folks at Norwegian Salmon. Singaporeans love salmon, and they're also used to vending machines dispensing items that go beyond your typical candy bar. Consumers can buy crab, ice cream, and even jewelry from vending machines in the city.

The Norwegian salmon ATMs run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are now operating in 61 locations. If you ever find yourself in Singapore with a late-night fish craving, make sure you have a card on you: The machine's don't accept cash.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

General Mills Is Recalling More Than 600,000 Pounds of Gold Medal Flour Over E. Coli Risk

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The FDA recently shared news of a 2019 product recall that could impact home bakers. As CNN reports, General Mills is voluntarily recalling 600,000 pounds of its Gold Medal Unbleached All-Purpose Flour due to a possible E. coli contamination.

The decision to pull the flour from shelves was made after a routine test of the 5-pound bags. According to a company statement, "the potential presence of E. coli O26" was found in the sample, and even though no illnesses have been connected to Gold Medal flour, General Mills is recalling it to be safe.

Escherichia coli O26 is a dangerous strain of the E. coli bacterium that's often spread through commercially processed foods. Symptoms include abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Most patients recover within a week, but in people with vulnerable immune systems like young children and seniors, the complications can be deadly.

To avoid the potentially contaminated batch, look for Gold Medal flour bags with a "better if used by" date of September 6, 2020 and the package UPC 016000 196100. All other products sold under the Gold Medal label are safe to consume.

Whether or not the flour in your pantry is affected, the recall is a good reminder that consuming raw flour can be just as harmful as eating raw eggs. So when you're baking cookies, resist having a taste until after they come out of the oven—or indulge in one of the many edible cookie dough products on the market instead.

[h/t CNN]

The World's Spiciest Chip Is Sold Only One to a Customer


If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get pepper-sprayed directly in your mouth, Paqui Chips has something you can’t afford to miss. Following the success of their Carolina Reaper Madness One Chip Challenges back in 2016 and 2017, Food & Wine reports that the company has re-released the sadistic snack. Continuing their part-marketing gimmick, part-public safety effort, the Reaper chip won’t be sold in bags. You just get one chip.

That’s because Paqui dusts its chips with the Carolina Reaper Pepper, considered the world’s hottest, and most (attempted) consumers of the chip report being unable to finish even one. To drive home the point of how hot this chip is—it’s really, extremely, punishingly hot—the chip is sold in a tiny coffin-shaped box

Peppers like the Carolina Reaper are loaded with capsaicin, a compound that triggers messages of heat and pain and fiery consumption; your body can respond by vomiting or having shortness of breath. While eating the chip is not the same as consuming the bare, whole pepper, it’s still going to be a very uncomfortable experience. For a profanity-filled example, you can check out this video:

The chip will be sold only on Paqui’s website for $6.99 per chip or $59.90 for a 10-pack. The company also encourages pepper aficionados to upload photos or video of their attempts to finish the chip. If it becomes too much, try eating yogurt, honey, or milk to dampen the effects.