SFA takes action against Thai restaurant at Jurong West after frozen food left outside premises

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The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) is taking enforcement action for hygiene lapses detected at a Thai restaurant in Jurong West after a Stomper spotted frozen food left outside its backdoor.

The Stomper informed Stomp that he had seen a delivery truck leaving frozen food outside Soi Thai Kitchen at Block 501 Jurong West Avenue 1 on multiple occasions.

"This has been happening for the past one year and the food is left there for hours next to a dustbin where rats and cockroaches are sometimes seen," the Stomper said.

"Residents hang laundry above the area too.

"This is super unhygienic and disgusting."

In response to a Stomp query, an SFA spokesman said: "Under the Environmental Public Health (Food Hygiene) Regulations, every person selling cooked food must protect the food from likely contamination and not prepare any food which is unfit for consumption. 

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

"SFA inspected the restaurant upon receiving feedback. 

"We are taking enforcement action for the hygiene lapses detected.

"We have directed the operator to ensure that all frozen food are stored in the freezer or chiller and to rectify the lapses detected.

"Food safety is a joint responsibility.

"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 operators if we have obtained sufficient evidence."