SINGAPORE: Authorities have suspended the licence of the Bedok Reservoir branch of the food outlet Mr Prata for two weeks because of food safety lapses.
The branch will not be allowed to operate from December 7 to December 20.
Singapore Food Agency SFA officers found food next to an open rubbish bin, as well as the presence of non-food items near the food preparation area, said SFA on Friday December 9 in response to CNA queries.
A food hygiene notice dated December 7 on the SFA website stated that Mr Prata was fined S $800 after accumulating 12 demerit points in a year. It was given six demerit points for each of the following offences:
A licensee who accumulates 12 or more demerit points during a 12 month period may have their license suspended for a period of two or four weeks or cancelled under the SFA points system.
Food handlers working in suspended premises would have to re-attend and pass the Food Safety Course Level 1, before they can resume work as food handlers, said SFA.
The licensee is required to make sure all food hygiene officers working in the suspended premises re-attend and pass the Food Safety Course Level 3.
Food safety is a joint responsibility. Food establishments must adhere to good food hygiene and preparation practices while SFA puts in place and enforces the regulatory measures. Members of the public who come across a potentially errant food operation are advised to report the incident to the SFA via their online feedback form.
SFA said that it may engage the person who provided the feedback for more details as part of the enquiry and gathering of evidence.
If sufficient evidence is obtained, SFA will take enforcement action against errant food establishments.