Action to be taken against fifth Marina Square food outlet after rodent droppings found

The National Environment Agency (NEA) will take action against a fifth food outlet at Marina Square mall, after rodent droppings were found on its premises in an inspection in the last week. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
The National Environment Agency (NEA) will take action against a fifth food outlet at Marina Square mall, after rodent droppings were found on its premises in an inspection in the last week. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The National Environment Agency (NEA) will take action against a fifth food outlet at Marina Square mall, after rodent droppings were found on its premises in an inspection in the last week.

The eatery, which the NEA did not name, may be given demerit points or fined depending on its previous hygiene record.

Operators who chalk up 12 demerit points within 12 months may have their licence revoked or suspended for two or four weeks.

It was NEA's third round of inspections at the mall since Jan 9, when Chinese restaurant Hotpot Culture was suspended after a dead rat was found in a vegetable dish.

Enforcement actions are also being taken against two outlets found with rodent droppings and another two found to be dirty.

NEA gave Hotpot Culture the green light to reopen on Tuesday, after its latest inspection found it to be clean with no signs of rat activity.

The NEA did not reveal to The Straits Times whether the rest of the mall is rodent-free.

It had said on Jan 26 that rodent activities were detected in the false ceilings of 14 food outlets and at one of the mall's bin centres.

"Operators of food establishments have a duty to ensure their premises are clean and free from pests by putting in place a good cleaning regime and an effective pest control programme," an NEA spokesman said. "NEA takes such lapses seriously and will not hesitate to take errant operators to task."

The public can report incidents of hygiene lapses to NEA at its 24-hotline, 1800-2255-632.