29 people have gastroenteritis symptoms after consuming food by Taj Catering, license suspended

Royal Taj Catering's license has been suspended since 29 people were reported to have gastroenteritis symptoms after consuming food prepared by M/S Singapore Fast Food Pte Ltd (Taj Catering).

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a joint statement on Nov 7 that they were investigating an incident of gastroenteritis on Nov 7 that affected these 29 people.

One case was hospitalised and has since been discharged.

In view of the multiple hygiene lapses detected during the MOH-SFA joint investigation, SFA has suspended the licence of Royal Taj Catering with effect from Nov 7 until further notice.

All food handlers working in the suspended premises are required to re-attend and pass the Basic Food Hygiene Course, before they can resume work as food handlers.

The appointed Food Hygiene Officer(s) working at the suspended premises are also required to re-attend and pass the Food Hygiene Officer course before he/she can resume work as a Food Hygiene Officer.

The suspended premises is also required to clean and sanitise the premises, including equipment and utensils.

Food safety is a joint responsibility. SFA would like to remind food operators to observe good food and personal hygiene practices at all times.

SFA will not hesitate to take firm action against anyone found to be in violation of the Environmental Public Health Act.

In the interest of maintaining a high standard of food hygiene at all eating establishments, SFA would also like to advise members of the public who come across poor hygiene practices in food establishments not to patronise such outlets but to call their Contact Centre at 6805 2871 with details for follow-up investigations.