Food processing company fined $10,000 for hygiene lapses including cockroach infestation

A food processing company was fined $10,000 for multiple offences under the Sale of Food Act.

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said in a statement that their officers inspected Aadhanya Trading's premises at 123 Defu Lane 10 in March last year and detected hygiene lapses including a cockroach infestation and a damaged wall in its processing area.

The layout of the premises was also changed without approval.

In addition, labels of thosai batter sold by the company did not comply with labelling requirements stipulated in Singapore's food regulations.

In the interest of public health, SFA directed the company to rectify the lapses and take necessary measures to improve the cleanliness of its premises.

SFA said food establishments should ensure their premises are clean and well-maintained and adhere to proper food hygiene and safety requirements.

Those found guilty can be fined up to $10,000, jailed for up to a year, or both.

The agency also advised members of the public who come across poor food safety practices in food establishments not to patronise these establishments, and to make a report through its online feedback form for SFA to investigate.