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CATERING COMPANY SUSPENDED AGAIN, PREVIOUSLY 92 FOOD POISONING CASES

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has announced the suspension of KG Catering Pte Ltd, located at 171 Kampong Ampat, for a period of two weeks starting from Jan. 23 to Feb. 5, 2024. This decision comes as a result of the caterer’s licensee accumulating 12 demerit points within a 12-month period, triggering the suspension under the Points Demerit System.

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Reasons for Suspension

KG Catering was fined a total of S$3,000 for two offences that collectively incurred 12 demerit points. These offences included failure to maintain licensed premises free of infestation and engaging in the sale or preparation of food in conditions where contamination was likely. Each offence carried six demerit points, leading to the suspension.

Past Incidents and Fines

This is not the first time KG Catering has faced suspension. Previously, from Nov. 9, 2022, to Feb. 11, 2023, the caterer was suspended for hygiene lapses, during which it was linked to 92 food poisoning cases between Sep. 20, 2022, and Mar. 11, 2023. On Nov. 1, 2023, KG Catering was fined S$6,000 in relation to these incidents.

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SFA’s Stance and Action

SFA emphasized its serious stance on such offences and reiterated the importance of adhering to good food and personal hygiene practices by all food operators. It reminded operators to only engage registered food handlers and warned of firm action against violations of the Environmental Public Health Act.

Public Advisory

In the interest of maintaining high food hygiene standards, SFA advised the public against patronizing establishments with poor hygiene practices. The agency encouraged the public to report such establishments through its online feedback form or by calling the SFA Contact Centre at 6805 2871.

Conclusion

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The suspension of KG Catering reflects SFA’s commitment to upholding food safety standards in Singapore. By taking decisive action against offenders, the agency aims to safeguard public health and maintain consumer trust in the food industry.

FAQs

  1. Why was KG Catering Pte Ltd suspended by the Singapore Food Agency?
    • KG Catering was suspended due to accumulating 12 demerit points over a 12-month period under the Points Demerit System.
  2. What were the offences that led to KG Catering’s suspension?
    • The caterer was fined for failure to maintain licensed premises free of infestation and for engaging in the sale or preparation of food in conditions where contamination was likely.
  3. Has KG Catering faced suspension before?
    • Yes, KG Catering was previously suspended for hygiene lapses and was fined for its involvement in food poisoning cases.
  4. What action does the Singapore Food Agency take against violations of the Environmental Public Health Act?
    • SFA takes firm action, including fines and suspensions, against offenders found to violate the Environmental Public Health Act.
  5. How can the public report establishments with poor food hygiene practices to the Singapore Food Agency?
    • The public can report such establishments through SFA’s online feedback form or by calling the SFA Contact Centre at 6805 2871.
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