Commercial kitchens turn to CCTVs to ensure food safety

SFA working with food industry as it considers new rules after rise in food poisoning cases last year

ST VIDEO: DESMOND WEE
A customer watches the kitchen of Haidilao's PLQ mall outlet from a tablet that is used for ordering food. The restaurant chain hopes that the real-time videos will make diners feel assured that the food is safe to eat. A closed-circuit television ca
A closed-circuit television camera (above) installed in TungLok's kitchen in Tai Seng. All TungLok Group restaurants and its catering kitchen are fitted with CCTV systems. In November last year, its catering arm's catering licence was suspended for 62 days after 190 food poisoning cases were reported. The food was prepared on site for an event.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
A customer watches the kitchen of Haidilao's PLQ mall outlet from a tablet that is used for ordering food. The restaurant chain hopes that the real-time videos will make diners feel assured that the food is safe to eat. A closed-circuit television ca
A customer watches the kitchen of Haidilao's PLQ mall outlet from a tablet that is used for ordering food. The restaurant chain hopes that the real-time videos will make diners feel assured that the food is safe to eat. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) is considering new rules to tackle food hygiene and safety as the latest statistics showed a 73 per cent jump in the number of food poisoning cases last year.

In response to queries, the agency said that as part of its review, it is working with stakeholders in the food industry on the use of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in food establishments to enhance food safety regulatory oversight.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 17, 2019, with the headline 'Commercial kitchens turn to CCTVs to ensure food safety'. Subscribe