'Everybody' shocked by rat crawling in ITE food court in Choa Chu Kang, rodent caught and removed

Submitted by Stomper Nas

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A rat spotted in the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College West cafeteria in Choa Chu Kang on Dec 1 has been caught and removed, said the school.

Sharing videos of the rat crawling on the floor under the tables and chairs where people were seated, Stomper Nas said it happened at around 2.30pm.

"I don't know whether it was an isolated incident or ongoing, I just saw a rat and everybody in the food court was shocked," said the Stomper.

In response to a Stomp query, Dr Ting Kok Guan, the Divisional Director of Campus Development & Estates at ITE Headquarters said: "As soon as we were aware of this incident, the pest control company was quickly activated and the rat was captured and removed."

Dr Ting added that the company also made further inspections of the entire food court and individual stalls to ensure that there is no sign of any rats in the food court and surrounding areas.

"We place high importance on maintaining good hygiene and cleanliness of our campuses and dining outlets and would like to assure that this is an isolated incident," he said.

"We will continue to work closely with our stall owners and patrons to ensure that everyone plays his or her part in creating a conducive dining experience."

This comes a week after another incident where a rat appeared at a food court in Tangs Market on Nov 25. The Orchard Road food court in the basement of Tangs was closed on Nov 30 for cleaning and sanitisation.

The National Environment Agency said it would be taking enforcement action against the building management for rat infestation in the ceiling areas and the Singapore Food Agency said it would also be taking enforcement action against five food stalls found with hygiene lapses.