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Vending machines are popping up across Singapore, many offering ready-to-eat meals. At the press of a button, out pop rice dumplings, pepperoni pizza, curry chicken, nasi briyani and even chilli crab.
By providing quality fare, available any time of the day or night, food vending machines are gaining converts every day. Polytechnic student Michael Foo ordered his  rst meal, a spaghetti carbonara, and he was sold. “Most of the time when you think of vending machines, you think of snacks or food that’s completely covered in preservatives, but when it came out, it surprised me,” he told Channel News Asia. “I got the novelty of eating from a vending machine, but also the gratitude of a full meal.”
Initially, Singaporeans were taken by the novelty, and long queues formed at VendCafe at Sengkang, the country’s  rst all-vending machine café which opened in August 2016. While the queues may have disappeared after the heady start, the interest has remained, as they are in sync with the lifestyle of busy urbanites, offering a quick  x to quell hungry pangs.
Today, food vending machines can be found across Singapore serving hot food on the go.
TR 57: Ensuring Food Safety and Good Hygiene
Rules and regulations have been drawn up to help operators adhere to food safety standards and good hygiene practices. In July 2017, a new set of safety guidelines, the Technical Reference 57: Guidelines on Food Safety and Good Hygiene Practices for the Vending Industry (TR 57) was launched, covering areas such as
design and structure, cleanliness and maintenance, food hygiene and temperature controls, food transportation and the location of the machines.
Speaking at the launch
of TR 57, Ms Low Yen Ling, then Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Trade
and Industry and Ministry
of Education, said, “The standard was developed by the Singapore Manufacturing

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