Seng Huat Bean Curd fined $3,000 after dead rat, cockroaches found on premises

Seng Huat Bean Curd was fined $3,000 on Wednesday (Apr 6) for failing to keep its premises properly maintained and clean.

Officers from the Singapore Food Agency (SFA)  inspected the food establishment's premises on July 29, 2021 and found widespread pest infestations including cockroaches, drain flies and a dead rodent.

The premises was also found to be poorly maintained.

In the interest of public health, Seng Huat Bean Curd was suspended on July 29, 2021 and directed to recall its bean curd "tau kwa".

It was allowed to resume operations on Aug 24, 2021, as it had rectified the lapses that were identified leading to its suspension.

"Food safety is a joint responsibility as food can be contaminated anywhere along the food chain," said SFA.

"While SFA continues to be vigilant and works to ensure thatregulatory measures are in place and properly enforced, the industry and consumers must also play their part."

SFA added that all food operators should ensure that their premises are clean and well-maintained, and staff are adequately trained on proper food safety management.

SFA will take enforcement action against food operators who do not adhere to regulations or comply with food hygiene and food safety requirements.

Those found guilty face a fine of up to S$10,000, up to 12 months’ jail, or both.

Members of the public who come across poor hygiene practices in food establishments are advised not to patronise them and can provide feedback via SFA’s online feedback form.