Cedele outlet's licence suspended by NEA

The chocolate fudge cake from Cedele.
The chocolate fudge cake from Cedele. PHOTO: ST FILE

A branch of local bakery chain Cedele has had its licence suspended for selling unclean food and failing to register a staff member.

Although the National Environment Agency (NEA) stopped short of naming the suspended outlet, it listed its address - at Punggol Waterway Point - on its website.

The NEA said that the licence has been suspended for two weeks, from July 28 to Aug 10. The Straits Times understands that there have not been any cases of food poisoning.

In turn, Cedele said on its website that its Waterway Point outlet is closed for "servicing" and will reopen on Aug 11.

The branch had accumulated 12 demerit points over the past 12 months and was fined a total of $800 for the two offences.

The NEA said the shop could have had its operations suspended for four weeks or lost its licence.

All food handlers working at the suspended premises are now required to retake and pass the Basic Food Hygiene Course before they can resume work as food handlers.

The NEA said it takes a serious view of such offences and reminded food operators to observe good food and personal hygiene practices at all times, and to engage only registered food handlers.

If the public comes across poor hygiene practices in food establishments, they can call the 24-hour NEA Contact Centre on 1800-CALL NEA (1800-2255-632) to provide information.

Correction note: This story has been edited for clarity.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2016, with the headline 'Cedele outlet's licence suspended by NEA'. Print Edition | Subscribe