Rat droppings and two rats found at Hotpot Culture restaurant
Rat droppings have been found at Hotpot Culture restaurant, said the National Environment Agency (NEA).
This comes after last week's shocking discovery of a rat carcass found in a buffet dish at the restaurant.
Following a complaint filed by a diner, the restaurant located at Marina Square was forced by the NEA to suspend its operations on Jan 9.
During the NEA's inspection, dried rat droppings were found on the storeroom floor and the kitchen's false ceiling. The rats may have entered the kitchen through the gaps found in the wall of the storeroom and the false ceiling of the kitchen, said the NEA.
Two rats were also caught on Jan 11 during an intensive pest control treatment of the restaurant, according to AsiaOne.
When The Straits Times called the restaurant last week, a supervisor said the customers had "made a mistake" and that the strange object in the dish were "just vegetables that looked like something else".
The restaurant faces enforcement action from the NEA for violating Environment Public Health (Food hygiene) regulations.
If convicted of selling unclean food, a fine of up to $2,000 may be imposed on the restaurant, along with six demerit points.
"Operators of food establishments have a duty to ensure their premises are clean and free from pests by putting in place a good cleaning regime and an effective pest control programme," said NEA.
The NEA also said that it will continue to monitor operations at the restaurant.
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