SINGAPORE - Hotpot Culture restaurant, which made headlines last week for a rat carcass found in a buffet dish, also had rat droppings within its premises, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) in a statement released today.
The Chinese restaurant located in Marina Square was ordered to suspend business on Jan 9 as the NEA conducted investigations following public feedback.
During the NEA's inspection, dried rat droppings were found on the storeroom floor and the kitchen's false ceiling. The rats may have entered the kitchen through the gaps found in the wall of the storeroom and the false ceiling of the kitchen, said the NEA.
Besides ordering the restaurant to seal the gaps, ensure proper housekeeping, and adhere to food storage and waste management guidelines, NEA also ordered a thorough spring cleaning of the restaurant premises.
Two rats were caught on Jan 11 as intensive pest control treatment was carried out in the restaurant.
The NEA said that it will take enforcement action against the restaurant which has violated the Environment Public Health (Food hygiene) regulations. If convicted of selling unclean food, the restaurant may be fined up to $2,000, and will be issued six demerit points.
The NEA added that it will continue to monitor the pest control treatment and hygiene practices at Hotpot Culture restaurant.