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BEANCURD COMPANY FINED $4.2K FOR COCKROACH INFESTATION

Hensin Food (S) Pte Ltd, a licensed food establishment, was fined $4,200 by the Court today for failure to keep its premises properly maintained and clean.

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On 19 January 2022, officers from the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) inspected the premises of Hensin Food (S) Pte Ltd and found widespread cockroach infestation in the premise. The premises was also found to be poorly maintained.

In the interest of public health, Hensin Food (S) Pte Ltd was suspended on 20 January 2022 and directed to recall its bean curd “tau kwa”. It was allowed to resume operations on 9 February 2022 as it had rectified the lapses that were identified leading to its suspension.

Food safety is a joint responsibility as food can be contaminated anywhere along the food chain. 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.

All food operators should ensure that their premises are clean and well-maintained, and staff are adequately trained on proper food safety management. SFA will take enforcement action against food operators who do not adhere to regulations or comply with food hygiene and food safety requirements. Offenders are liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.

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