Press Release
6 November 2005

Good Hygiene in Food and Eating

The outbreak of SARS in 2003 has raised the public awareness on personal and environmental hygiene. It also kick-started to the "Promotion for the Use of Serving Chopsticks and Spoons Campaign" organized by the Hong Kong Medical Association to promote the culture of using serving chopsticks & spoons at meals with the ultimate goal of improving the hygienic condition in Hong Kong. The Use of Serving Chopsticks and Spoons is also a timely message under the current risk of pandemic influenza in Hong Kong.

The "Promotion for the Use of Serving Chopsticks and Spoons Campaign" Phase I was jointly launched by the Hong Kong Medical Association and the Home Affairs Department in December 2003. With the generous support from our sponsors, supporting organizations and our two "Serving Chopstick Ambassadors": Mr. Leon Lai and Dr. Chan Yee Shing, 150,000 pairs of serving chopsticks were distributed to the public through the clinics of private practitioners and the outpatient departments of private hospitals. In July 2004 the Campaign's Phase II was successfully launched. Our main objective was to let school children bring home the message "Dine with Serving Chopsticks & Spoons" even at home.

The "Promotion for the Use of Serving Chopsticks and Spoons Campaign" Phase III has also been launched since July 2005 and Mr. Alex Fong is our "Serving Chopstick Ambassador". A series of activities have been organized to effectively disseminate the health education message to the public by distributing posters, menu posters, stickers etc., imprinted with health education message to restaurants and dining places. With the support of the Department of Health, Health Education Panels titled "The Importance of the Use of Serving Chopsticks and Spoons in Preventing Communicable Disease" were produced and can be found at the website of the Central Health Education Unit. The Health Education Panels have also been displayed at the roving exhibition of eight shopping malls under the Link Management Limited (See Appendix I).

The highlights of the third phase included a Parents-Children Colouring Competition for kindergarten and primary school children. We had the honour of having Mr. Yim Yee King (Ah Chung) as our Adjudicator-in-Chief in selecting the winning works from almost 6,700 of entries we have received in the past months. A prize presentation ceremony was held on Sunday, 6 November 2005 attended by our Guest-of-Honour, Mrs Carrie Yau, the Permanent Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food and our "Serving Chopsticks and Spoons Ambassador" Mr. Alex Fong. There was also a coloring competition on stage for all winners, among which our Adjudicator-in-Chief Mr. Yim Yee King (Ah Chung) had selected the winner of winners.

Please see attached a fact sheets of the participating rate of the competition and details of the winning entries¡@(See Appendix I). Your're most welcomed to contact the HKMA Secretariatif you are interested in obtaining further information.

Appendix I & II


Notes to editors :
The Hong Kong Medical Association, founded in 1920, aims to bring together Hong Kong's government, institutional, university and private medical practitioners for an effective exchange of views and co-ordination of efforts. The foremost objective of the Association is to safeguard and promote public health. The Association speaks collectively for its members and aims to keep its members abreast of medical ethics, issues and advances around the world. In fulfilling these goals, the association hopes to better serve the people of Hong Kong.

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