Spices & Curries, a food shop at Block 713 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6, has been temporarily suspended for two weeks from Dec. 14 to 27, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) announced.
The suspension under the demerit points system was the result of the licensee of the eatery accumulating 12 demerit points over a 12-month period.
Spices & Curries was fined a total of S$800 for two offences that incurred 12 demerit points in total.
The offences of failing to register an assistant, and selling food not prepared in the licensed premises, incurred six demerit points each.
Risk getting licence cancelled
SFA said that based on track records, a licensee who accumulates 12 or more demerit points during a 12-month period may have his licence suspended for a period of either two or four weeks, or cancelled.
All food handlers working in the suspended premises would also be required to re-attend and pass the Food Safety Course Level 1, before they can resume work as food handlers.
The licensee is also required to ensure that all food hygiene officers working in the suspended premises, if any, re-attend and pass the Food Safety Course Level 3.
SFA said it takes a serious view of these offences and would like to remind food operators to observe good food and personal hygiene practices at all times, and to engage only registered food handlers.
SFA added it will not hesitate to take firm action against anyone found to be in violation of the Environmental Public Health Act.
In the interest of maintaining a high standard of food hygiene at all eating establishments, SFA is advising members of the public who come across poor hygiene practices in food establishments not to patronise such outlets and provide feedback via the online feedback form (https://csp.sfa.gov.sg/feedback) or to call our SFA Contact Centre at 68052871 with details for our follow-up investigations.
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