SINGAPORE: NEA praised itself for raising hygiene standards in aftermath of Indian Rojak food poisoning disaster
Posted: August 30th, 2009 - 10:58pm
Source: Temsek Review
The National Environment Agency has given itself a pat on the shoulder for raising the hygiene standards of Singapore’s food stalls.
More than 90 per cent of Singapore’s food stalls have achieved either an A or B grading for hygiene standards, and there was no stall with D grading, it said.
NEA officers have been actively visiting stalls and distributing educational pamphlets on hygiene to the stall holders in the aftermath of Singapore’s worst mass food poisoning outbreak in April this year.
Three Singaporeans died from eating contaminated food from an Indian Rojak stall which was graded a “B” by NEA. There was one miscarriage and over 100 casualties.
It turned out that it was in fact graded a “C” but somehow the stall holder did not receive the new label. The lapse in surveillance had dealt a blow to NEA’s reputation.