SINGAPORE: Two native corporations had been fined S$2,000 every on Wednesday (Oct 28) for offences associated to the unlawful processing and storage of meat merchandise.
In a information launch, the Singapore Meals Company (SFA) mentioned that one of many corporations – ILTM Tampines – had been working an unlicensed meat processing institution.
In November 2019, SFA officers discovered that ILTM Tampines had been conducting processing actions involving the thawing and marinating of hen meat in premises that weren’t licensed as a meat processing institution.
SFA additionally found 78 packets and a bathtub of uncooked hen thighs. Officers subsequently sealed the objects and detained them within the firm’s chiller.
However ILTM Tampines disposed of the sealed meat earlier than investigations had been accomplished, regardless of being instructed not to take action with out SFA’s approval.
The opposite firm that was fined was Cent to Greenback, an operator of minimarts, comfort shops and provision retailers.
In March 2020, SFA officers seized about 147kg of various sliced beef cuts after discovering that Cent to Greenback had been storing meat merchandise in a number of chest freezers in premises that weren’t licensed as a chilly retailer.
All meat processing and storage amenities have to be licensed and meet SFA’s necessities and meals security requirements, the company mentioned, including that these premises are additionally usually inspected.
Offenders who illegally course of and retailer meat merchandise may face a tremendous of as much as S$10,000, a jail time period not exceeding 12 months, or each.
Those that tamper with any merchandise seized or detained by SFA or alter any mark, seal or label positioned on these things by the company throughout an investigation will face comparable punishments.