Video of rat on restaurant's food trays prompts NEA probe

In a Facebook video, a row of roast ducks can be seen hanging over the uncovered food trays where the rat is. Lianhe Wanbao reported that the eatery in the video is Lee Kwang Kee Teochew Cuisine.
In a Facebook video, a row of roast ducks can be seen hanging over the uncovered food trays where the rat is. Lianhe Wanbao reported that the eatery in the video is Lee Kwang Kee Teochew Cuisine.PHOTO: LEWIS BABA TAY/FACEBOOK
An employee of the restaurant said the eatery has its floors and utensils cleaned thrice a day and places mouse traps in every corner.
An employee of the restaurant said the eatery has its floors and utensils cleaned thrice a day and places mouse traps in every corner.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Thursday it is conducting an investigation after a video of a rat scurrying around the food trays of a Toa Payoh eatery began circulating on social media.

In the clip, which was posted on Facebook on Wednesday, a number of roast ducks can be seen hanging over the counter where the rat is. On Thursday, NEA told The Straits Times it has inspected the restaurant's premises following the incident.

Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported that the eatery in the video is Lee Kwang Kee Teochew Cuisine, which is located in Toa Payoh Lorong 8.

One of the staff told Wanbao that the restaurant strictly abides by hygiene regulations.

He added that the employee who spotted the rat immediately informed his boss and threw away all the ingredients that were on the counter, including the roast ducks. The area was then cleaned and disinfected.

He said that the eatery, which is open 24 hours, has its floors and utensils cleaned thrice a day.

He also said the eatery engages a pest control company once a month.

"There are more than 10 mouse traps in every corner of this restaurant, and I have never once seen a rat here," he said.

The restaurant's boss, 54-year-old Mr Lee, told Wanbao that staff are instructed to always keep food trays covered.

However, at the time that the video was taken, he said the ingredients in the trays were being refilled, which is why they were left uncovered.

Mr Lee also pointed out that there is a rubbish collection point around 30m away from the restaurant, where rats sometimes appear at night.

"We definitely don't wish for these things to happen. All we can do is continue to take precautions," he said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2019, with the headline 'Video of rat on restaurant's food trays prompts NEA probe'. Print Edition | Subscribe