SINGAPORE: A fast-food kiosk at Jurong Point shopping centre has been suspended for two weeks, starting Wednesday (Apr 5), after it was found to have cockroach and rodent infestations.
The National Environment Agency (NEA) suspended operations at the Take 5 kiosk after it accumulated 12 demerit points over the past year for failing to keep its premises free of cockroaches and rodents.
The food shop, which is a subsidiary of curry puff maker Old Chang Kee, was also fined S$800.
A manager at Take 5 said the store was cleaned regularly, with Jurong Point conducting weekly pest control operations and a cleaner cleaning the outlet six times a week. She added that she had seen cockroaches "once or twice" on the premises, but that this was a rare occurrence.
According to NEA, all food handlers working at the shop must also attend and pass a food hygiene course again before they can resume work.
This is the third case of cockroach infestation at Jurong Point in a month, with two separate stalls at its Kopitiam food court suspended in early March.
On Wednesday, the mall’s management told Channel NewsAsia it has conducted an investigation together with Take 5 and its pest control operators.
“The store will be closed for a full spring cleaning and eradication to ensure its premises is free of cockroach and rodent infestation. A joint inspection with NEA will be undertaken before the tenant is allowed to resume its business,” a spokesperson said.
The mall said it already has “stringent pest control and extermination procedures” in place, but will tighten enforcement against errant food and beverage operators.
It will also remind food operators during a “town hall” meeting next Wednesday to observe good food and personal hygiene practices at all times, the spokesperson added.