SINGAPORE: A company was fined S$2,500 on Wednesday (Aug 11) after being caught producing chwee kueh and carrot cake at unlicensed premises.
Low Meng Kee Food was previously licensed to carry out “food manufacturing activities” at its premises until April 2019, when it ceased operations to undergo major renovation works, said the Singapore Food Agency (SFA).
The company was required to obtain a new licence from SFA before it resumed food manufacturing.
In July last year, SFA officers conducted a “surprise inspection” at the newly renovated premises and found that the company was producing chwee kueh and carrot cake, although it had not obtained a licence from SFA.
About 3,880 pieces of chwee kueh made at the unlicensed premises were seized by officers, while carrot cake that was distributed was “immediately recalled” by the company.
“Illegal production of food products at unlicensed facilities poses a food safety risk,” said SFA.
All food manufacturing facilities in Singapore must be licensed and are required to meet SFA’s requirements. These establishments are routinely inspected, added the agency.
Those who illegally manufacture food products can be fined up to S$5,000. Repeat offenders can be jailed for up to three months, fined up to S$10,000, or both.