SFA investigating after 'fingernail' found in Teochew porridge at Upper Serangoon Road stall

Submitted by Stomper Bryan

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The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) is investigating a case where what appeared to be a fingernail was found inside a bowl of porridge on Monday (Aug 10) at 8.22pm.

Stomper Bryan alerted Stomp to the incident that occurred at Heng Long Teochew Porridge at 1012 Upper Serangoon Road and shared photos of what happened.

He shared: "When I was eating, I felt a hard, curved object in my mouth.

"Upon spitting it out, I was shocked and disgusted to see that it was actually a fingernail.

"I told the staff but one of them just asked what I found and walked away.

"The second one told me to explain the situation at the counter.

"Finally, the third staff member apologised and offered a refund."

"I feel that, as a dining establishment, the cleanliness of the staff could have been better," he said.

"I cannot imagine how many people have eaten from the same batch of porridge that had the fingernail."

The Stomper also mentioned that he reported the incident to SFA.

In response to a Stomp query, a spokesman for SFA said: "Under the Environmental Public Health (Food Hygiene) Regulations, there must be no sale of food that contains any matter foreign to the nature of the food.

"SFA has received feedback and is investigating the matter."

SFA also added that food safety is a joint responsibility.

"SFA conducts regular inspections of food retail establishments to ensure compliance with our regulations, and will not hesitate to take enforcement action if necessary," the SFA spokesman said.

"While SFA puts in place and enforces the regulatory measures, food operators must play their part by adhering to good food hygiene and preparation practices.

"Members of the public who come across any potentially errant food operator should report to SFA via the online feedback form (www.sfa.gov.sg/feedback).

"As part of the enquiry and gathering of evidence, SFA may engage the feedback provider for more details.

"SFA will not hesitate to take enforcement action against errant food handlers if we have obtained sufficient evidence."

Stomp has contacted Heng Long Teochew Porridge for more information.