Channel News Asia Report: Pest Infestations Behind Half of Food License Suspensions

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Channel News Asia Report: Pest Infestations Behind Half of Food License Suspensions

In this Channel News Asia Report dated 13 Oct 2014, it is reported that over half of food license suspensions were due to pest infestations. Ikari has the experience and expertise to be your pest elimination partner for your food service establishment, restaurant or food factory. Our service specialists are familiar with the documentations and requirements to achieve the HACCP standards that is required by the National Environment Agency.


SINGAPORE: Twenty-five food operators had their licences temporarily suspended in the first half of this year. Of these, 56 per cent were due to pest infestations. This is compared with 64 per cent last year.

The Singapore Pest Management Association says pest infestations are difficult to eliminate as kitchens are often crowded and messy, and food that is improperly stored lures pests such as cockroaches and mice.

Food operators whose stalls are infested with pests can be fined up to S$2,000 and incur six demerit points. Failure to maintain a clean area can also lead to licence suspension.

The National Environment Agency recently said it would take action against a chicken rice stall at a Marina Bay Sands foodcourt, after a photograph of several cockroaches at the stall went viral on social media.

Contact IKARI at (+65) 6743 1313 to ensure that such incidences do not occur at your food service establishments, food factories, food processing plants and restaurants.