SINGAPORE – The National Environment Agency (NEA) has lifted the suspension placed on Chinese restaurant Hotpot Culture, which made headlines last month for a rat carcass found in one of its buffet dishes.
NEA said in a statement that it has found the restaurant’s premises to be clean with no signs of rat activity during its latest inspection.
NEA added that it has applied for a courts summon against the restaurant licensee which has been found to have sold food unfit for human consumption. If found guilty, he will be fined up to $10,000 and issued six demerit points.
Hotpot Culture, located in Marina Square, was ordered to suspend business on Jan 9 as the NEA conducted investigations following public feedback.
Dried rat droppings were found during NEA’s inspection of the restaurant’s premises and two rats were caught during the pest control treatment carried out in the restaurant on Jan 11.