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ask the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources what is the current
number of "virtual" restaurants that operate by food apps in
Singapore; (b) whether there have been any hygiene lapses in these shared food
preparation premises; and (c) what additional measures is the Ministry taking
on "virtual" restaurants to safeguard public health and prevent food
by Minister Masagos Zulkifli:
food businesses, also known as “cloud kitchens”, are food establishments that
do not have a physical store front but sell food directly to consumers through
online food delivery platforms. They are licensed by the Singapore Food Agency
(SFA) under the Environmental Public Health Act. There were 61 of such food
businesses as of 31 Jan 2020.
like any other food establishment, “virtual” food businesses must comply with SFA’s
food safety requirements and standards, and ensure that the food they prepare
is safe to eat. For instance, their food handlers and food hygiene officers
must all be trained and certified under the Basic Food Hygiene Course and the
Workforce Skills Qualifications’ “Conduct Food & Beverages Hygiene Audit”
“virtual” food businesses are also subjected to inspection and enforcement
actions by SFA just like other food establishments. Since “virtual” food
businesses started being licensed in 2017, there has been one food hygiene and
safety offence committed which involved an unregistered food handler. Should a
“virtual” food business be suspended due to food hygiene and safety lapses, its
food handlers and food hygiene officers must undergo re-training and re-certification
as per any other food establishmentas
per any other food businesses, .
safety is a joint responsibility across the industry, consumers and the
Government. All food establishments must play their part to upkeep high
standards of food safety as well as environmental and personal hygiene at all
Last updated: 18 Feb 2020
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