Food safety in pre-schools: Some centres stick with in-house cooks

Madam Lim Chow Tee, 61, is in charge of the kitchen at MapleBear's Toa Payoh North centre, and prepares meals for the pre-school. Each of MapleBear's 37 centres has a kitchen with one or two cooks.
Madam Lim Chow Tee, 61, is in charge of the kitchen at MapleBear's Toa Payoh North centre, and prepares meals for the pre-school. Each of MapleBear's 37 centres has a kitchen with one or two cooks.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

They say this allows them to better monitor hygiene, but some cite manpower challenges

While some pre-schools are opting to provide catered meals to children, several - including NTUC First Campus and EtonHouse - are sticking with in-house cooks so that they can monitor hygiene standards and food variety.

There have been three food poisoning outbreaks in two months in pre-schools that serve catered meals to children, raising concerns about the risks of relying on external caterers, such as food being contaminated during delivery.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 02, 2019, with the headline 'Some centres stick with in-house cooks'. Print Edition | Subscribe