SFA Addressing to Video of Man Blowing Into Plastic Bags of Papadums

The Singapore Food Agency – SFA had posted on their official Facebook page addressing to the recent video circulating, showing a man using his bare hands to pack “Papadums” into plastic bags, and at the same time blowing air from his mouth, into the plastic bags, before tying it up for sale.

Based on the video post, which was also posted on our Complaint Singapore Facebook group, the reported location was at Blk 724 Clementi West Street 2, however SFA reported there are no such food shop at the vicinity, and also informed the video was not taken recently…

Papadum is a thin, crisp, round flatbread from the Indian subcontinent. It is typically based on a seasoned dough usually made from peeled black gram flour, either fried or cooked with dry heat.

Source: SFA (Facebook)

Here is the text extract from the original SFA Facebook page:

We are aware of a video circulating online which shows a stallholder picking up papadums (fried Indian flat crackers) with his bare hands to place them into a plastic bag and blowing air into the bag. According to various social media posts, the stall’s name is “Best Muslim Food Stall” and is located at Block 724 Clementi West Street 2.

We note that the video is not new as it was posted on social media last year. Our investigations found that there is no such food shop at the said location. Our officers also inspected eating houses and food establishments in the vicinity but did not find any stall with the same or similar names.

Under the Environmental Public Health (Food Hygiene) Regulations, it is an offence for any persons engaged in the sale or preparation for sale of food, to use his bare hands to handle cooked food as well as use his breath to open any bag or wrapper. SFA will take enforcement action against food operators who do not adhere to regulations or comply with food hygiene and food safety requirements.

Members of the public who come across poor hygiene practices in food establishments should provide feedback via our online feedback form (www.sfa.gov.sg/feedback) with details for our follow-up investigations.

Here is a screenshot from the original video showing the man blowing air into a plastic bag filled with Papadums.

Note: All identities are masked to protect the privacy of all parties.

Members of the public who come across poor hygiene practices in food establishments should provide feedback via SFA online feedback form (www.sfa.gov.sg/feedback) with details for our follow-up investigations.

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