‘Massive pest infestation’ closes Singapore’s Proofer Boulangerie indefinitely

A Proofer Boulangerie outlet in Tampines in 2018. Photo: Proofer Bakery/Facebook
A Proofer Boulangerie outlet in Tampines in 2018. Photo: Proofer Bakery/Facebook

A Singapore bakery has gotten caught for allowing pests to get a piece of its bread.

The Proofer Boulangerie was ordered to halt operations until further notice by the Singapore Food Agency after cockroaches and rats were found roaming food preparation areas and delivery trucks at its central kitchen in Kampong Ampat. Food products sent to its 16 outlets were recalled.

“On [Tuesday], during an inspection of the said premises, massive pest (live cockroaches, rodent activity and a dead rodent) infestation was observed in the food preparation areas and also in both the food delivery trucks,” it wrote in a release, adding that inspectors also found “several lapses” and “poor maintenance” of the premises.

The boulangerie announced last night it would close temporarily and reopen today despite the suspension. Calls made to several outlets were not answered this morning.

“Dear customers, we are closed for today’s operation of area cleaning process and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. Business shall resume tomorrow,” its management announced last night.

Unhygienic food operators can be fined up to S$10,000 and sentenced to 12 months in jail if they do not comply with the agency’s food safety regulations.

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