Peach Garden’s Thomson Plaza Branch Suspension Lifted After Gastroenteritis Cases

SINGAPORE – Peach Garden’s Thomson Plaza branch has been given the green light to resume operations after a month-long suspension following dozens of cases of gastroenteritis.

The suspension was lifted on Monday (May 20) after the restaurant complied with food safety measures, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.

Fifty-eight people fell ill after eating food prepared at the restaurant between April 17 and April 21, authorities said Tuesday.

This is an increase from the previous figure of 43 people who consumed food prepared by the restaurant between April 17 and 18.

Two were hospitalized and released.

RESTAURANT COMPLIED WITH REQUIRED MEASURES

Officials said that during the suspension period, Peach Garden Thomson Plaza complied with measures such as removing all ready-to-eat foods, thawed foods and perishable foods.

The restaurant also cleaned and disinfected its facilities, including equipment and utensils, and disinfected food preparation surfaces, tables and floors.

Food handlers also re-attended and passed the Level 1 Food Safety Course, while food hygiene officers re-attended and passed the Level 3 Food Safety Course.

Peach Garden’s Thomson Plaza branch has also taken additional measures, including replacing its ice machine, steamer and light cover, the SFA and the Ministry of Health said.

“Following the lifting of the suspension, the SFA will continue to place Peach Garden under close monitoring to ensure it complies with food safety requirements,” officials added.

The SFA is considering the results of its investigations and will take enforcement action if Peach Garden is found to have breached the Environmental Public Health Regulations.

If convicted, violators may pay a fine not exceeding S$2,000 (US$1,480).

“Food safety is a joint responsibility and the SFA would like to remind food operators to observe good food and personal hygiene practices at all times,” officials said.