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NEA increases inspections at eateries, caterers

It also issues hygiene advisories to event organisers during festive period

Published on Jan 30, 2014 8:04 AM
 
The number of NEA inspections over this festive season has gone up by 27 per cent compared to that period in 2012. Separately, Spring Singapore officers have tested the accuracy of weighing scales and measuring instruments used in Chinatown, including the festive street bazaar. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

The National Environment Agency (NEA) has stepped up checks on restaurants and caterers to minimise the risk of food poisoning incidents over Chinese New Year.

The number of inspections over this festive season - which includes Christmas, New Year and the lead-up to Chinese New Year - has increased by 27 per cent, compared to the same period in 2012.

The NEA has also issued advisories to event organisers, and a spokesman said: "Other than the usual checks, our officers keep a lookout for any instances of poor food and personal hygiene that may result from operators ramping up their production to cope with the increase in business volume and orders."

This includes cross contamination between raw and ready-to- eat food and poor personal hygiene practices of food handlers.

 
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KEEPING A LOOKOUT

Other than the usual checks, our officers keep a lookout for any instances of poor food and personal hygiene that may result from operators ramping up their production to cope with the increase in business volume and orders.

- A National Environment Agency spokesman