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Two companies were fined for operating unlicensed non-retail food businesses, said the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) on Wednesday (Aug 31).
Investigations revealed that the food products processed and packed by both companies were retailed at Scarlett Supermarket.
In the interest of public health, SFA directed Scarlett Supermarket to stop the sale of these food products and remove them from their shelves. The licensee of Scarlett Supermarket was also issued a composition fine for selling food that was not cooked or prepared in a licensed premises.
On July 8 last year, SFA officers found that Hua Cheng Restaurant was engaging in illegal food processing and packing at its premises located at Admiralty Street.
This premises was not licensed to supply food to other food retail establishments. Over 56kg of food products were seized.
Hua Cheng Restaurant was fined $3,000 and directed to stop the production and sale of the food products.
On July 9 last year, SFA found that a retail food shop at Beach Road operated by Hui Xin Foods had been illegally supplying sausages and meat jerky made and packed at its premises to Scarlett Supermarket.
While the food shop was licensed to retail prepacked food products at Hui Xin Foods' premises, it was not licensed to supply food to other food retail establishments.
Hui Xin Foods was fined $2,000 and directed to cease the supply of its food products for sale at other food retail establishments.
Under the Sale of Food Act, no person shall operate a food manufacturing facility without a valid licence. Any person who manufactures food items in an unlicensed premises are liable to on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 and, in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding $10,000, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months, or both.