Peach Garden's Thomson Plaza branch can resume operations after suspension over gastroenteritis incidents

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SINGAPORE: Peach Garden’s Thomson Plaza branch is allowed to resume operations after the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) lifted its suspension on Monday (May 20).

SFA had suspended operations at the Chinese restaurant from Apr 22 following reports of gastroenteritis.

The restaurant has implemented the required measures as stipulated by the agency and operations can resume, SFA and the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday.

Fifty-eight people fell ill after consuming food prepared by the outlet between Apr 17 and Apr 21, read the media release. Two were hospitalised and have been discharged, it added.

SFA and MOH said in April they were investigating eight incidents of gastroenteritis affecting 43 people who consumed food prepared by the restaurant between Apr 17 and 18.

RESTAURANT COMPLIED WITH REQUIRED MEASURES

During the suspension period, the restaurant complied with measures stipulated by SFA, such as the disposal of all ready-to-eat food, thawed food, and perishable food items, read the media release.

The restaurant also cleaned and sanitised its premises, including equipment and utensils, and disinfected food preparation surfaces, tables, and floors.

Food handlers also re-attended and passed the Food Safety Course Level 1, while food hygiene officers re-attended and passed the Food Safety Course Level 3.

Peach Garden's Thomson Plaza branch has also taken additional steps, such as replacing its ice machine, steamer, and light cover, said SFA and MOH.

“Following the lifting of suspension, SFA will continue to place Peach Garden under close surveillance to ensure it adheres to food safety requirements,” the authorities added.

SFA is considering the findings from its investigations and will take enforcement action if Peach Garden is found to have violated the Environmental Public Health Regulations.

If found guilty, offenders are liable to a fine not exceeding S$2,000 (US$1,480).

“Food safety is a joint responsibility, and SFA would like to remind food operators to observe good food and personal hygiene practices at all times,” said the authorities.

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