In the article on the fine and suspension of hotpot chain Haidilao for unsanitary food handling, it was mentioned that, during the suspension, its staff were not upfront at first when queried about it (Clarke Quay branch of Chinese hotpot chain Haidilao suspended for unsanitary food handling; ST Online, Feb 13).
In addition to the notices posted on the National Environment Agency's website, the authorities should consider a mandatory notice to be displayed by offenders at their premises during the suspension period.
Would-be patrons would then be better informed and can be cautious when visiting such food establishments in future.
Business owners would also be more vigilant to protect their image by observing proper hygiene practices.
Loh Weng Mun