NEA suspends TungLok Catering at Singapore Expo after 190 people fall ill, including SCDF officers

NEA suspends TungLok Catering at Singapore Expo after 190 people fall ill, including SCDF officers

TungLok catering
TungLok Catering's suspension will remain in effect until further notice, says NEA. (Photo: Facebook / TungLok Events & Catering)

SINGAPORE: The catering arm of well-known restaurant group TungLok has had its licence at Max Atria @ Singapore Expo suspended, after 190 people fell ill with symptoms of gastroenteritis. 

Officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) were among those who fell ill.

None of the cases were hospitalised, said the Health Ministry, the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) in a joint response to Channel NewsAsia's queries on Saturday (Nov 24). 

The authorities were first notified of the cases on Friday, and said they conducted a joint inspection of TungLok Catering's premises on the same day. 

TungLok Catering's licence at Singapore Expo will be suspended until further notice, said NEA on its website on Friday. 

The SCDF officers who fell ill were at Singapore Expo preparing for an SCDF event this weekend. 

“Two days ago some SCDF officers and some of our international guests from overseas emergency services reported symptoms of diarrhoea or stomach discomfort after consuming catered food at Singapore Expo," said an SCDF spokesperson on Saturday.

"SCDF has reported the matter to the National Environment Agency and investigations are ongoing."

The spokesperson added that all affected personnel and guests have since recovered. 

"SCDF takes the wellbeing of our personnel and guests seriously and will continue to monitor the situation closely," said the statement.

As part of the investigations, food handlers were sent for stool screening. Food and environmental samples were also taken for testing, said the authorities. 

NEA added that all food handlers working at the suspended premises have to re-attend and pass the Basic Food Hygiene Course before resuming work.

"NEA would like to remind food operators to observe good food and personal hygiene practices at all times," the agency said, adding that it would not hesitate to take "firm action" against anyone found to be in violation of the Environmental Public Health Act.

Source: CNA/nc(gs)