After an inspection was conducted by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), bean curd manufacturer and wholesaler Hensin Food has been ordered to suspend their operations due to the cockroach infestations found in the company’s food preparation areas.
Not going to lie, I seriously thought about whether I consumed any bean curds for the past few days upon reading this news.
The answer is, fortunately, no.
Notice of Suspension
The suspension will start from Thursday (20 Jan) until further notice, which was the conclusion that SFA came to after inspecting the company grounds at 151 Pandan Loop on Wednesday (19 Jan).
Worst still, SFA also noted that the premises were “dirty and poorly maintained”.
In the interest of public health, SFA has directed Hensin Food to correct the lapses in hygiene and to take necessary measures to improve the food safety practices and the sanitation of the premises.
Additionally, SFA has also ordered the bean curd manufacturer to dispose of any bean curd, otherwise known as “tau kwa” that had been made on the day of the inspection.
None of the manufactured products that were enmeshed in the situation were allowed to be distributed or sold as a precautionary measure.
Thank the local authorities for that, if I see a cockroach feeler in my bean curd, I swear I will…
Singapore Food Agency’s Statement
SFA declared: “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 also play their part.”
One of the most prominent measures in place is the grading of licensed eating establishments from Grade A to D, which indicates the licensees’ degree of good personal and food hygiene, and the housekeeping of their premises.
This is to ensure that the public are making more informed choices when patronising food outlets.
Furthermore, SFA urges all food operators to inspect and ensure that their working environments are clean and well-maintained, and that their staff are trained and certified on food safety measures.
Actions will be taken against food operators who do not comply with the regulations or meet the food safety requirements.
Offenders can be fined up to $10,000 or jailed for up to 12 months, or both.
If members of the public do come across poor practises in food and hygiene at certain establishments, they are advised to not patronise said establishments and to provide feedback to the SFA.
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