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Food Hygiene
Food Hygiene
  • The Issue
  • The Challenge
  • Our Efforts
  • Progress Update

THE ISSUE

MAKING SURE FOOD IS SAFE FOR EVERYONE

There are over 14,000 hawker stalls and food stalls, serving a huge variety of food choices in Singapore.

NEA regulates the food retail industry in Singapore to ensure that food sold at retail outlets and food stalls is prepared hygienically and safe for consumption.

Food Hygiene Issue

THE CHALLENGE

MAINTAINING HIGH STANDARDS

Food hygiene standards were put in place since 1960s when an island-wide registration of street hawkers was carried out. Since then, food sellers had to comply with stringent food hygiene requirements.

Before that, some 24,000 hawkers had been selling food on the streets. This created problems, including poor hygiene. Without proper equipment and water supply, street hawkers did not keep their utensils clean and protect their food from contamination. Food and liquid wastes also polluted streets, posing threats to public health.

Food Hygiene Challenge

OUR EFFORTS

MONITORING AND EDUCATION

  • Food Hygiene Efforts

    GRADING FOODSTALLS AND SHOPS

    Since 1997, all eating establishments and food stalls are graded annually, based on criteria like housekeeping, cleanliness, pest infestation, food hygiene and personal hygiene of food handlers.

  • Food Hygiene Efforts

    PENALISING FOOD HYGIENE LAPSES

    Demerit points are given for each public health offence that is convicted in court or compounded. If a licensee accumulates 12 demerit points or more within 12 months, his licence will either be suspended for 2 weeks or 4 weeks, or be revoked, depending on past suspension records.

  • Food Hygiene Efforts

    EDUCATING FOOD HANDLERS

    All food handlers are required by law to attend and pass a Food Hygiene Course before they are allowed to work. They must also attend and pass a Refresher Food Hygiene Course every 3 years

PROGRESS UPDATE

Food Hygiene Progress

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