SINGAPORE: Come June 2014, new applicants for food catering licences need to submit a Food Safety Management System plan to the National Environment Agency within the first three months of getting their licences.
Existing caterer licensees will be required to submit the plan three months before their licence’s renewal.
Operators have to ensure that food handlers practice good food and personal hygiene at all times and do not work when they are ill.
Second Minister for Environment and Water Resources Grace Fu said in Parliament: "Food catering tends to be of high—risk. Caterers typically prepare a wide variety of food, in large quantities, store the food for some time before it is consumed by the customers. In 2012, food caterers had the highest food poisoning incidence rate amongst all types of food outlets. In addition, the average number of people affected per food poisoning incident was the highest for food caterers."
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