Supermarket chain to add plastic wrapping on raw meat for squeamish millennials

Millennials suffer from high levels of anxiety when handling raw meat. (Shutterstock)
Updated 16 April 2018
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Supermarket chain to add plastic wrapping on raw meat for squeamish millennials

DUBAI: UK supermarket Sainsbury’s has announced it will add a ‘touch-free’ plastic wrap for young people who are afraid of handing raw meat and chicken, national daily The Sunday Times reported.
The decision came after a survey carried out by the supermarket chain revealed that consumers under the age of 35 suffered from squeamishness and “high levels of anxiety” after handling raw meat.
The report, conducted by market research firm Mintel, showed that 37 percent of people born after 1980 preferred not to handle raw meat.
The wrap will allow customers to immediately drop the meat onto the pan without having to touch it.
“Customers, particularly younger ones, are quite scared of touching raw meat. These bags allow people, especially those who are time-poor, to just ‘rip and tip’ the meat straight into the frying pan without touching it,” Katherine Hall, product development manager for meat, fish and poultry at the retailer, told the publication.
The wrapped meats will be available from May 3, and will even be available in several different flavors.


Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

Updated 20 October 2018
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Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

  • Once the spacecraft arrives in late 2025, it will release two probes that will independently investigate the planet

TOKYO: European and Japanese space agencies say an Ariane 5 rocket has successfully lifted a spacecraft into orbit for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.
The European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency say the BepiColombo spacecraft successfully separated and was sent into orbit from French Guiana early Saturday to begin a seven-year journey to Mercury.
The mission is complicated by the intense gravity pull of the sun, forcing the spacecraft to take an elliptical path that involves two fly-bys of Venus and six of Mercury itself.
Once the spacecraft arrives in late 2025, it will release two probes that will independently investigate the surface and magnetic field of Mercury.