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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Singapore Banking After Your Singapore Incorporation

After your Singapore incorporation you will want to address your banking needs. There are several important things to know about the Singapore banking industry. This knowledge will make it easier for you to open your corporate bank accounts and personal bank accounts.

Personal Banking
Do not forget that you will need a personal bank account in the country of Singapore. This will make it possible for you to get cash and provide for all of your personal needs like paying bills and shopping.

Residency Requirements
You do not need any special residency qualifications to open a Singapore personal bank account. Citizens, work pass holders, and foreigners may open an account.
Residents will only need an application form, proof of address and an official ID. If you are entering from another country you will need to present your passport and a visa (if you are required to have one). You will also need proof of your current address.

You may wish to apply at local banks like UOB and DBS. There are several foreign banks like
Citibank and HSBC that you may wish to use.

Corporate Banking
In most cases, you will need to be present when you open your account, after your incorporation in Singapore. It may not be possible to do this from overseas. Your company officials may also need to be present.

However, there may be cases that exceptions can be made. If you cannot be there for legitimate reason and your signature is notarized, you still may be able to open a corporate bank account.

Minimum Balances
In most cases, you will need to have a minimum balance of at least S$ 10,000 with most local banks. If not, you may incur charges up to S$ 50 or more. With foreign banks, you can expect to see much higher minimum balance requirements. Some may be as high as S$ 50,000.

Offshore Companies
After you incorporate an offshore company you will need more extensive proof to open a corporate bank account. This is due to the “know your client” policies. Here is information that you may be required to have.

1. You may need to explain the source of the money that you are depositing. In other words, where does it come from? Company profits?
2. You may be required to give a great deal information about beneficiaries on the account.
3. You might have to present proof of your business activities and the customers that you serve.
4. Letters of reference from other banks may also be necessary.
5. You may need to present proof of “beneficial ownership”. Beneficial ownership means that you may own shares in a company. It denoted having the benefits of owning something without having physical ownership. This term is often used in businesses.
6. Requirements may vary from bank to bank.

You may also be able to open a corporate bank account at the time of your Singapore incorporation. Make sure that you contact the bank ahead of time.

Make sure that you know something about the Singapore banking industry before you incorporate in Singapore. It is good to know what is needed and what is expected of you. This will make the process much easier and smoother.

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