Pow Sing Kitchen suspended after 10 more gastroenteritis cases reported

SINGAPORE: Chicken rice eatery Pow Sing Kitchen has had its licence suspended as a precautionary measure after another 10 suspected cases of gastroenteritis were reported by patrons who had consumed food there, it was announced on Saturday (Jul 16).

In a joint statement the Ministry of Health (MOH), National Environment Agency (NEA) and Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said: “Following the announcement of the suspension of Pow Sing Restaurant … another 10 suspected cases of gastroenteritis have been reported by patrons who consumed food at Pow Sing Kitchen, located at 59 Serangoon Garden Way.”

The agencies said they have thus widened the investigations to include Pow Sing Kitchen.

Pow Sing Kitchen comes under the Pow Sing Group, which also includes Pow Sing Restaurant under its umbrella. Pow Sing Restaurant was suspended earlier this week due to links to several cases of gastroenteritis between Jul 4 and 11.

MOH added that it had received more notifications of gastroenteritis linked to Pow Sing Restaurant since its suspension. As at Jul 16, a total of 84 Pow Sing Restaurant cases have been verified, it said. 

AVA said that it had collected food samples from Pow Sing Kitchen, and will be conducting checks on its suppliers of food ingredients. MOH also added that it will be collecting stool samples from affected gastroenteritis cases, and the operator’s food handlers would also be sent for stool screening.

NEA said the operator of Pow Sing Kitchen is required to dispose of all ready-to-eat food, thawed food and perishable food items, and thoroughly clean and sanitise its premises including equipment, utensils, work surfaces and toilet, while investigators ascertain the cause or contributing factors to the outbreak. 

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