Raw fish dishes may not be available anytime soon as more food operators have stopped selling the Chinese style dish following the recent spike in food-poisoning incidents.
NEA held a briefing for operators of establishments that sells Chinese-style raw fish dishes on 27 Nov, imposing restrictions on the sales of such dishes unless they are from suppliers that adopt proper cold chain management and hygienic handling practices. It also issued an advisory and said that it will take not hesitate to take enforcement action against errant food operators.
The agency has also advised consumers to exercise caution when consuming raw fish as harmful bacteria may be present. For more details on the advisory, please click here.
Earlier this year, a Ministry of Health (MOH) investigation into the spike in the number of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infections found a link between the consumption of Chinese-style raw fish dishes and the disease. GBS is a common type of bacteria found in the gut or urinary tract of about 15% to 30% of adults. To read the full report, click here.
Source: “Food stall operators taking raw fish dishes off the menu” (The Straits Times, 28 Nov 2015)
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