SINGAPORE: Food establishment Spize and a related company were fined S$32,000 on Thursday (Dec 3) over a mass food poisoning incident in 2018.
Sixty-three people fell ill after eating food catered by Spize for a company event, and 45 of them were hospitalised. An auxiliary police officer who also consumed the food died eight days later.
On Nov 6, 2018, 88 bento sets were prepared by Spize between 9.30am and 10.30am for an order by security firm Brink’s. The food was delivered between 11am and noon to Brink’s premises at Kaki Bukit and Tai Seng.
An invoice issued to the firm stated that the food should be consumed within an hour of delivery, court documents said.
Ninety-six people ate the food, including family members of Brink’s employees after they brought the bento sets home. A total of 63 people developed gastroenteritis symptoms and 45 were hospitalised.
Tests found that most of those who were hospitalised had consumed food contaminated with salmonella.