28 Feb '13, 6am
Food outlets which flout hygiene rules to face stiffer penalties
The operators of coffeeshops, food courts and canteens will have their operations suspended if they chalk up 12 demerit points within 12 months for failing to keep their premises clean under stricter rules that will come into effect from March 1. Currently, operations will be suspended only when they chalk up 24 demerit points. The rules apply only to operators who are responsible for the cleanliness and maintenance of premises, such as food courts. There is a separate set of rules that apply to those who handle food. The National Environment Agency (NEA), in a media release on Thursday, said it will also step up inspections of food outlets with poor track records to raise their cleanliness and hygiene standards.