Food caterer's licence suspended after 29 fall sick in Singapore

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SINGAPORE — A food catering company had its licence suspended after 29 people fell ill after eating its prepared food on 2 November.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said in a joint media release on Thursday (7 November) that the 29 victims were reported to have symptoms of gastroenteritis – inflammation of the stomach and intestines. One victim was hospitalised, but has since been discharged.

The food caterer, Taj Catering, had its licence suspended by SFA until further notice, after a joint MOH-SFA investigation on its Kampong Ampat premises found multiple hygiene lapses.

All the food handlers working for the company are required to re-attend and pass the Basic Food Hygiene Course before they can resume work. The caterer’s appointed food hygiene officers are also required to re-attend and pass the Food Hygiene Officer course.

Taj Catering is also required to clean and sanitise its premises, including equipment and utensils.

SFA advises the public to call its Contact Centre at 6805-2871 with details of poor hygiene practices in food establishments, in order for the agency to follow up with investigations.

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