SINGAPORE: The Singapore Food Authority announced on Wednesday (September 7) that a company processing chicken and meat roasts had been fined S$24,000 for sanitary negligence.
Mua Hin Poultry Farm, a meat processing facility in Senoko Crescent, was found to have ignored hygiene-related regulations when SFA officials inspected the facility in April, June and August.
Negligence included packing roasted poultry in loading bays, storing raw meat and poultry offsite, and handling roasted meats with bare hands.
Food safety is a shared responsibility because food can become contaminated anywhere along the food chain, SFA said.
Industry and consumers must do their part, too, said government agencies, adding that they remain vigilant and working to ensure that regulatory measures are implemented and properly implemented.
In a news release, the SFA said, “All food establishments must ensure their premises are clean and well-maintained and adhere to appropriate food hygiene and food safety requirements.
Under the Wholesome Meat and Fish Act, those found guilty face fines of up to S$10,000, imprisonment of up to 12 months, or both.
The SFA said members of the public could report potentially erroneous food operators via the agency’s online feedback form.