2 food operators under investigation for illegal production and sale of food

Two food operators are being investigated by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) for the illegal production and sale of food.

The SFA said in a statement that its officers found a food operator engaging in illegal processing and packing at its premises at Admiralty Street.

The premises was not licensed to supply food to other food retail establishments.

All food products were seized.

On July 9, a retail food shop at Beach Road was found to be illegally supplying repacked sausages and meat jerky to a supermarket.

"While the food shop was licensed to retail prepacked food products at its premises, it was not licensed to conduct a non-retail food business i.e. supply food to other food retail establishments," the SFA said.

Investigations revealed that the food products processed and packed by both operators are retailed at Scarlett Supermarket.

SFA has directed the supermarket to stop the sale of these food products and to remove them from their shelves.

The products include whole smoked chicken, half-smoked chicken, smoked pork trotters, smoked pork hock, smoked tofu rolls, smoked pig ears, chicken feet and pork sausages.

Consumers who have purchased the implicated products from Scarlett Supermarket are advised not to consume them. Those who have consumed the implicated products and have concerns about their health should seek medical advice.

Those found guilty of manufacturing food items in an unlicensed location could face a fine of up to S$5,000. In the case of a second or subsequent conviction, they may be fined up to S$10,000, jailed for up to three months, or both.

SFA added that food safety is a joint responsibility.

Food operators are reminded to obtain a proper and valid food business licence to supply food to other businesses.

Members of the public who come across the sale of illegal food products in food establishments are advised not to patronise such outlets and provide feedback via SFA's online feedback form or to call our SFA Contact Centre at 6805 2871 with details for their follow-up investigations.

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