SINGAPORE — A dirty freezer, unclean containers used for food preparation, and empty paper towel dispensers.
These were among the hygiene lapses found by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) when they conducted a joint investigation at the premises of Deli Hub Catering.
For the lapses under the Sale of Food Act, Deli Hub Catering was fined $4,000 on Wednesday (20 September), the SFA said in a media release.
The caterer came under scrutiny after the SFA and the MOH had received reports of gastroenteritis involving 21 people who had consumed food prepared by Deli Hub Catering in December 2022.
Gastroenteritis is a condition that causes diarrhoea and vomiting, usually because of viruses, bacteria, or parasites.
No individuals were hospitalised, the SFA said, and the caterer was directed to rectify the lapses.
"Food safety is a joint responsibility as food can be contaminated anywhere along the food chain," the SFA said.
"While SFA continues to be vigilant and works to ensure that regulatory measures are in place and properly enforced, the industry and consumers must also play their part."
The SFA also reminded all food establishments to ensure that their premises are clean and well maintained, as well as adhere to proper food hygiene and food safety requirements.
It said it would not hesitate to take action against those found to be in violation of the Sale of Food Act, and advised members of the public who came across poor hygiene practices in food establishments not to patronise them.
Instead, the SFA asked members of the public to provide feedback via its online form with details for the agency's follow-up investigations.
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