Ramadan fair at Downtown East suspended after operating without permit

A temporary Ramadan fair operating illegally in Pasir Ris has been suspended by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA).

SFA officers found that Event Business Management Pte Ltd had been illegally operating 'Fiesta Ramadan 2022' at the E!Hub @ Downtown East at 1 Pasir Ris Close since April 9 without a valid temporary fair permit.

During the inspection on Monday (Apr 11), eight food stalls were found to be in operation.

SFA said it had not approved the application by Event Business Management for a permit to operate the temporary fair from April 9 to April 24 April.

The agency added: "It had not met SFA’s requirements such as providing information on the cleaning schedule and list of food vendors, as well as whether the food handlers have undergone the required food hygiene training (Food Safety Course Level 1) and are certified to handle food items."

The company also ignored SFA's warning on Monday to stop the fair. As such, SFA has suspended its operations with effect from Tuesday and will take enforcement action against the operator for the offence of operating a temporary fair without permit.

Under the Environmental Public Health Act, all operators of temporary fairs must get a permit from SFA for the duration of the fair.

This allows SFA to ensure that fair operators have complied with measures to ensure food safety. Applications should be submitted at least two weeks before the fair commencement date.

Food and beverage stalls at temporary fairs are also required to be licensed by SFA, with food handlers who have passed the mandatory Food Safety Course Level 1.

SFA said it will take enforcement action against temporary fair operators who do not adhere to regulations.

Offenders are liable on conviction to a fine of up to $10,000. In the case of a subsequent conviction, they may face a fine of up to $20,000 and/or up to three months in jail.

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