Ayam Penyet Ria in Sengkang infested with cockroaches, suspended for 2 weeks and fined

Elaine Lee
The Straits Times
Nov 24, 2023

Popular Indonesian food chain Ayam Penyet Ria in Sengkang will have its licence suspended for two weeks after it was found infested with cockroaches, said the Singapore Food Agency (SFA).

The licence of the eatery, located in Rivervale Mall, will be suspended from Nov 21 to Dec 4.

It accumulated 12 demerit points within a year and was fined $800 for two offences of failing to keep its licensed premises free of an infestation, said SFA in a statement on Nov 21.

In response to queries, an SFA spokesman said cockroaches were found at the eatery’s premises.

“Based on track records, a licensee who accumulates 12 or more demerit points within a 12-month period may have his licence suspended for a period of either two or four weeks or cancelled,” the statement added.

According to the chain’s website, Ayam Penyet Ria has seven outlets in Singapore. 

All food handlers working in the suspended premises will be required to reattend and pass the Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) Food Safety Course Level 1 before they can resume work, said SFA.

The licensee is also required to ensure that all food hygiene officers working in the suspended premises, if any, reattend and pass the WSQ Food Safety Course Level 3.

The chain’s management team said it has performed deep cleaning of the Sengkang premises, and will continue to do so daily.

It added that it has introduced weekly pest control sessions, that its pest control vendor had cleared the outlet of any pests, and the outlet’s employees have completed the required courses.

“The safety of our customers is of utmost importance to us in all our branches across the island,” it said, adding that it is monitoring its other branches to ensure they are clean and pest-free.

SFA said it takes a serious view of these offences and would like to remind food operators to observe good food and personal hygiene practices at all times, and to engage only registered food handlers.

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

SFA urged anyone who comes across poor food safety practices in eateries not to patronise these outlets and provide feedback via the online feedback form (www.sfa.gov.sg/feedback) or by calling the SFA Contact Centre on 6805-2871, and provide details for follow-up investigations.

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