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Licence of Eng’s Heritage eatery in Northpoint City suspended after 26 people hit with gastroenteritis; 5 still in hospital

SFA has suspended the licence of Eng’s Heritage eatery in Northpoint City mall after 26 people were reported to have gastroenteritis symptoms after consuming food there. On Wed, MOH and SFA said that they are investigating the incidents…

Parliament: Fewer hygiene inspections of food stalls, caterers in 2020 due to circuit breaker, says Grace Fu

Fewer hygiene inspections of food stalls and caterers were carried out in 2020, partly due to the disruption caused by the two-month circuit breaker, which led to a number of food establishments ceasing operations. However, SFA resumed its…

Turning to local production and leveraging technology to ensure Singapore’s food security

In times of crisis, vulnerabilities become especially apparent. For Singapore, the empty supermarket shelves during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic were but a symptom of a larger worry for a nation that imports most of its…

Food processing company fined S$5,000 for unclean premises and improper storage of food

Food processing establishment Traditional Kueh Baulu Trading was fined S$5,000 in court on Wed for failing to keep its premises clean and improper storage of food. SFA said that it found “multiple hygiene lapses” while conducting a routine…

Newton pre-school that saw outbreak of salmonella and stomach flu closes kitchen after more kids fall sick

The pre-school in Newton that saw an outbreak of salmonella and stomach flu has closed its kitchen temporarily as eight more children have fallen ill since Wed last week. This brings the total number of infected children to…

Flour mill fined S$3,000 after cockroaches and signs of ‘rodent infestation’ found

A local flour mill was fined S$3,000 on Wed for failing to keep its licensed premises clean and free of pest infestation. SFA said it found “cockroaches and signs of rodent infestations in the food processing area” during…

Gemma Steakhouse suspended for 20 days after hosting Halloween-themed dinner by private members’ club for 75 people

The authorities have ordered Gemma Steakhouse to close for 20 days for hosting a Halloween-themed dinner, which was attended by about 75 people who had mingled between tables. The restaurant located at National Gallery Singapore had worked with…

Safety rules for new food inventions as demand for meat substitutes grows

SFA has a set of guidelines to assess the safety of “novel foods” such as plant-based proteins and cultured or lab-grown meat, amid growing demand for meat substitutes. Under the regulatory framework, which has been in place since…

High-tech vertical farms to begin operations next year and bring fresher leafy greens to S’poreans’ plates

From next year, Singaporeans can expect more of their favourite Asian vegetables to reach their plates quicker and fresher, thanks to a slew of high-tech urban farms that are set to begin operations. For vertical farming company &ever,…

Food processing firm charged for cockroaches and rat droppings on its premises

A food processing business on suspension for rat and cockroach infestations on its premises was charged in court over the hygiene lapses on Wed. Dawood Flour Mill & Provision, a grinding and packing business at Bedok North St…

Increase demand for local produce

Commendably, SFA has introduced initiatives aimed at encouraging local farming, to decrease our reliance on imports. However, we need to address the demand for local produce too. Present schemes aimed at raising awareness of and demand for local…

In a post-COVID-19 world, an even greater challenge lies ahead for Singapore’s farms

It is a vision that predates COVID-19. Spurred by threats like climate change, Singapore set about having 30 per cent of its food produced locally by 2030, to improve its food security. But food security expert Paul Teng…

2 companies fined for storing, processing meat products in unlicensed premises

Two local firms were fined S$2,000 each on Wed for offences related to the illegal processing and storage of meat products. SFA said that one of the companies – ILTM Tampines – had been operating an unlicensed meat…

Meat processing company fined for ‘multiple lapses’ including widespread cockroach infestation

A local meat processing company was fined S$15,000 on Wed for poor maintenance of its premises and improper storage of food. SFA said that it detected “multiple lapses” during a routine inspection at the premises of Fuyen Food…

Common practice? Hougang coffeeshop apologises after staff caught washing mop in sink

Like oil and water, some things just don’t mix. Case in point: A dirty mop and a sink meant for washing food items and utensils. Broadway Food Centre, located at Blk 682 Hougang Ave 4, has apologised after…

COVID-19 tests to be offered to more than 45,000 hawkers, cleaners and food delivery workers

The Government will offer a one-off COVID-19 test to more than 45,000 people working at 110 hawker centres and markets and more than 1,120 coffee shops, as well as food delivery personnel operating in the locality of these…

Industry guide to help companies set up farms launched

Companies looking to set up farms here can now navigate the regulatory requirements with the help of an industry guide launched on Fri. ESG and SFA said the guide is part of ongoing efforts by a regulations workgroup…

Lim Chu Kang to be transformed into high-tech agri-food cluster under SFA master plan

The Lim Chu Kang area is set to be transformed into a high-tech agri-food cluster, in a move that will strengthen Singapore’s food security and also create jobs for Singaporeans. SFA announced the master plan exercise on Fri,…

Tenders awarded for 9 rooftop farming sites at HDB multi-storey car parks

Six bidders have been awarded tenders for urban farming at nine sites on the rooftops of HDB multi-storey car parks, SFA and HDB said on Wed. The agencies said that the bids for the five single sites and…

3 F&B outlets ordered to shut down for 10 days for breaching safe distancing measures, 4 others fined

Three more F&B outlets were ordered to close for 10 days and another four fined S$1,000 each by the authorities for breaking Covid-19 safety rules, MSE said on Tues. Most of the breaches involved the outlets allowing groups…

More than 100 hawkers, food delivery riders get tested on Saturday morning for Covid-19

More than 100 hawkers and food delivery riders streamed into Covid-19 testing sites in Marine Parade on Sat morning for voluntary swab tests to check whether they have the coronavirus. About 1,000 people are expected to be swabbed…

Singapore Food Agency launches tender for Lim Chu Kang, Sungei Tengah farmlands

SFA on Tues launched two parcels of farmland in Lim Chu Kang and Sungei Tengah for sale by public tender. The Lim Chu Kang plot is meant for general food agriculture and may be used to farm food…

9 farms awarded almost S$40 million in grants to increase local food production

Nine companies have been awarded grants totalling S$39.4 million under a scheme to strengthen Singapore’s food security, SFA said on Wed. Announced in Apr, the 30×30 Express grant supports efforts to boost the production of commonly consumed food…

3 F&B outlets ordered to shut for breaching safe distancing measures; 1 had served alcohol in teapots

One hotpot restaurant had served alcoholic beverages to its customers in teapots and empty green tea bottles after 10.30pm to avoid detection by the authorities. Another F&B outlet had operated without a valid food shop licence. They were…

Covid-19: The Idle restaurant in One-north told to shut for 10 days for flouting safe management measures

A restaurant located at the Media Circle near One-north MRT Station has been ordered to shut down for 10 days from Wed onwards for violating safe mgmt measures on several occasions. On Mon, SFA said that it has…

New red label for local produce rolled out in Singapore

A bright red label on the packaging will help shoppers identify local produce with greater ease from this month onward. The “SG Fresh Produce” logo was created in consultation with more than 30 local farmers, retailers and industry…

Foodcourt cleaners wipe trays instead of washing them

Amid the Covid-19 situation, everyone has to play his part to keep safe. I wish to highlight a particular foodcourt that has had a habit of not washing the food trays even before Covid-19 was upon us. The…

Demand for local produce must complement supply in local food production: Amy Khor

Although an overwhelming majority of people here said they would buy more locally grown food, only around two-thirds of them can easily identify home-grown produce. A food perception survey commissioned by SFA and MEWR in Jan this year…

SFA takes action against Golden Mile eatery after roaches spotted

SFA is taking enforcement action against a mookata restaurant at Golden Mile Complex after a customer spotted cockroaches crawling all over a drinks dispenser machine. An eyewitness told Stomp that she visited Y Cube Mookata Buffet for dinner…

88 proposals received for nine carpark rooftop sites to be used for farming in first tender here

Local farmers are jumping at the chance to be among the first crop-growers on carpark rooftops here. Eighty-eight proposals were submitted in the tender for nine sites at the rooftops of HDB multi-storey carparks in Singapore to be…

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