15 people hit by gastroenteritis after eating food from stall in Holland Close

Those affected reported gastroenteritis symptoms after consuming the food between March 28 and April 15.
Those affected reported gastroenteritis symptoms after consuming the food between March 28 and April 15.PHOTO: KIN HOI/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Fifteen people experienced gastroenteritis symptoms after consuming food from Kin Hoi, a food stall at 6 Holland Close known for its seafood dishes.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) and Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said on Wednesday (April 21) that they were investigating the incident.

Those affected reported the symptoms after consuming the food between March 28 and April 15.

The authorities were notified of the most recent incident on April 19.

One of the cases was hospitalised and has since been discharged, said the authorities in a joint statement.

In view of the suspected ongoing transmission, SFA has issued a direction to suspend Meetup @ 352's food business operations with effect from Tuesday (April 20) till further notice.

Kin Hoi is registered as Meetup @ 352 on its food licence.

A Kin Hoi spokesman said that it is working closely with the authorities in the  investigations, and had closed its premises immediately after it was informed of the cases on Tuesday. 

All customers affected have been contacted.

“We view hygiene standards as paramount and have followed all protocols strictly... Internally, we are also tracing and checking the supply chain,” he said.

SFA has also prohibited Kemono, located at 171 Selegie Road, from preparing and serving all menu items, including online orders, to Kin Hoi.

Kemono is a business partner of Kin Hoi and provides food preparation and cooking services for Kin Hoi's online delivery orders in a separate facility from its own food business, said the authorities.

All food handlers working at Kin Hoi are required to re-attend and pass the Food Safety Course Level 1 before they can resume work as food handlers.

Kin Hoi is also required to clean and sanitise the premises, including equipment and utensils.

Kemono is required to disinfect food preparation surfaces and floors, and ensure good hygiene maintenance of wash basins, said the authorities.

SFA reminded food operators to observe good food and personal hygiene practices at all times, adding that it will not hesitate to take firm action against anyone found to be in violation of the Environmental Public Health Act.