SINGAPORE: Proofer Bakery has had its food business operations suspended until further notice after inspectors detected a “massive” pest infestation at its central kitchen, said the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) on Tuesday (Oct 26).
The company has also been ordered to recall food products that have been distributed to Proofer’s 16 retail outlets across Singapore.
Lapses were discovered at Proofer Bakery’s kitchen at KA Foodlink at 171 Kampong Ampat.
"On Oct 26, during an inspection of the said premises, massive pest (live cockroaches, rodent activity and dead rodent) infestation was observed in the food preparation areas and also in both the food delivery trucks," said SFA.
“In addition, several lapses relating to poor maintenance of the premises were observed," it added.
“In the interest of public health, SFA directed the licensee to rectify the lapses and take necessary measures to improve the food safety practices and the cleanliness of its premises.”
SFA said it will take enforcement action against food operators who do not comply with food safety requirements. Those convicted face a fine of up to S$10,000, a jail term of up to 12 months, or both.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday evening, Proofer said it was closed for cleaning.
"We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. Business shall resume tomorrow," it added.