Bukit Panjang steamboat stall apologises after employee is caught slicing raw fish on the floor

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A steamboat stall assistant at a Bukit Panjang coffeeshop was caught on camera casually descaling and slicing raw fish on the filthy floor at the back of the stall. He was cutting the fish right beside an open drain.

The Chinese daily visited the stall to investigate ans found that the spot where the employee was slicing fish was near a bucket of unwashed dishes, beside a dirty rubbish collection point.

The netizen who shot the video and circulated it online later commented: “The surroundings were so dirty. Just watching it made me feel disgusted.”

A representative of the stall, 43-year-old Mr Liu, has since apologised to all customers for the stall employee’s behaviour, calling the act a “momentary lapse of judgement on the young worker’s part.”

He added that the stall takes food hygiene very seriously and that food handlers are expected to wash all ingredients thoroughly before it is cooked.

82 COMMENTS

  1. Easier to fault the staff then admit it’s a practice. If not caught, serve straight to customers coz water bill has increased and likely to think since it’s steamboat, the boiling soup would have already ‘killed’ the germs……disgusting.

  2. “He added that the stall takes food hygiene very seriously and that food handlers are expected to wash all ingredients thoroughly before it is cooked.” Hahahahahah yeah sure. Sounds like government speak he he

  3. NEA should initiate enforcement action toward this irresponsible food stall owner for not caring food hygiene and food safety. Why NEA Hawker Center Division HCD is playing dumb trick?

  4. A representative of the stall, 43-year-old Mr Liu, has since apologised to all customers for the stall employee’s behaviour, calling the act a “momentary lapse of judgement on the young worker’s part.”

    He added that the stall takes food hygiene very seriously and that food handlers are expected to wash all ingredients thoroughly before it is cooked.
    That’s what they all say when caught. You believe?

  5. Chop on the floor, complaint dirty, on the wooden chop board complain board has germ, use plastic chop board, complaint no wear gloves, wear gloves, complain use aginomoto, no put msg, complain soup no taste. Anyway fish also comes from muddy water hor.

  6. This is the SOP of many food outlets – indlge in unhygienic practices and when get caught play the oft-repeated line, we take hygiene seriously blah blah blah This only goes to show that food operators have no fear or respect for NEA.

    NEA should be firm in their handling of errant food operators. One hygiene violation and their licence should be cancelled. Their current A B C D system is outdated and should be withdrawn, Either a food outlet is clean or it is dirly. No halfway measure.

  7. When we eat out, it’s a risk we take. For every one unhygienic case that is exposed, you will never know how many goes unnoticed. Do your own evaluation on the stalls you are going to patronise. We cannot totally depend on the environment officers or the conscience of food operators not to adopt unhygienic ways of preparing food.

  8. Where got check now. I wonder where have the 6 months for A grade, 3 months for B grade, 6 weeks for C grade, and 3 weeks for D grade inspection schedules gone. (known as the 6363 schedules). Are these still being adhere to? If yes how can this state of affair been allowed to happen?

  9. Yek!!!!So lousy kitchen staff u hired!!!!Send ur staff to take up wda food hygience couse!!!!Now video show then apologise..If no video?Isnt just continoue???Sack ur staff!!!!Vomit steamboat stall!!!!

  10. I would like to believe it was a one off thing and the management knew nothing of it. Carry on I am listening. Maybe owner is a RC member so why worry even get caught. Now what? What actions are contemplated by the authorities?

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