Forum: NEA guidelines for cleaning table tops not being followed

A cleaner clearing the dishes on a table at the Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre.
A cleaner clearing the dishes on a table at the Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre.PHOTO: ST FILE

The National Environment Agency (NEA) has guidelines on cleaning table tops at retail food and beverage premises.

However, I have noticed that these guidelines are not practised at hawker centres, coffee shops and even the foodcourts operated by major players.

For example, the guidelines suggest that two different cloths should be used for cleaning and sanitising. But in practice, I see cleaners using the same dirty cloth for multiple tables and have never seen sanitising being done.

I suggest that NTUC Enterprise, the largest foodcourt operator in Singapore, take the lead in following the NEA's cleaning guidelines to make eating at public places a more pleasant experience, with other operators hopefully following suit.

Phuah Soon Ek

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 07, 2019, with the headline 'NEA guidelines for cleaning table tops not being followed'. Print Edition | Subscribe