Out of 349 food stalls inspected, 20 warned for not complying with mask and spit guard requirements

Twenty food stall licensees were given written warnings for non-compliance with mask and spit guard requirements from Sept 26 to 30.

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) conducted a targeted operation in 40 coffee shops and food courts, where a total of 349 stalls were inspected.

These 20 licensees will face enforcement fines if they fail to comply with these requirements again.

They are liable to a fine not exceeding $10,000 and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months and have their licence suspended or cancelled.

Since April 2020, SFA has made it a requirement for all food handlers to wear masks or other forms of physical barriers.

With the easing of Covid-19 mask-wearing requirements regulations announced on Aug 24, mask-wearing requirements for food handlers continue to apply as food can still be contaminated by food handlers through coughing and sneezing onto food during the preparation and handling process.

More information on the Wearing of Mask or Spit Guards by Food Handlers is available at www.sfa.gov.sg/maskorspitguardrequirements.

SFA had engaged the food industry to inform and clarify the requirements, along with sending reminders and issuance of posters for licensees to display within their premises to remind staff of the mask and spit guard-wearing requirements.

If you come across any potential violations, you should report to SFA via the online feedback form.