Two coffee shops suspended in a week for not providing soap in toilets

Mee Sek Food Court, located at 965-969 Upper Serangoon Road, had to cease operations for a day on Friday (Oct 6).
Mee Sek Food Court, located at 965-969 Upper Serangoon Road, had to cease operations for a day on Friday (Oct 6).SCREENGRAB: GOOGLE MAPS

SINGAPORE - In the span of a week, two coffee shops have been issued one-day suspensions by the National Environment Agency (NEA) for not providing soap in their toilets.

According to suspension notices on the NEA website, Mee Sek Food Court, located at 965-969 Upper Serangoon Road, had to cease operations for a day on Friday (Oct 6), while Abundance Eating House at Block 413, Bukit Batok West Avenue 4 faced the same fate on Sept 29.

Mee Sek Food Court houses the famous Punggol Nasi Lemak stall.

Both coffee shops had accumulated 12 demerit points each, under NEA's Points Demerit System, over the last 12 months and were fined a total of $800.

According to the suspension notices, coffee shop, foodcourt and canteen operators who accumulate 12 or more demerit points during a 12-month period, may have their licences suspended for up to three days.

In the suspension period, all food stalls within the premises will have to cease operations too.

"NEA takes a serious view of these offences and would like to remind food operators to observe good food and personal hygiene practices at all times, and to engage only registered food handlers. NEA will not hesitate to take firm action against anyone found to be in violation of the Environmental Public Health Act," the suspension notice said.

NEA also advised members of the public who come across poor hygiene practices in eateries to call its 24-hour contact centre  on 1800-2255632, and provide details so it can conduct follow-up investigations.