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    Jun 15, 2016

    Prata Wala outlet closed for 2 weeks for roach infestation

    A POPULAR Indian restaurant has had its licence suspended for two weeks after failing to keep its premises free of cockroach infestations.

    National Environment Agency (NEA) inspectors found the bugs at a Prata Wala outlet in Nex shopping centre in Serangoon Central during checks last October and March this year.

    The eatery has been issued the suspension under a points demerit system and it will kick in from next Tuesday and last until July 4.

    The branch accumulated 12 demerit points over the last 12 months - six for each count of not keeping its premises cockroach-free.

    It has also been fined $800.

    First Gourmet, the company which manages the chain of five Prata Wala mall outlets here, said that the restaurant has been free of pests since NEA inspectors last visited it in April and May.

    To curb the problem, the company has hired a new operations manager and replaced the manager in charge of the Nex outlet. It has also replaced its stewarding and cleaning service contractor, and hired a new pest control contractor.

    The company also increased the frequency of its pest control service from once a month to six times a month.

    "We fully acknowledge and apologise for this (problem)," said First Gourmet director Joseph Lee.

    Meanwhile, three food stalls at #01-186 in Block 477, Tampines Street 43, will also be suspended for two weeks from Saturday for failing to keep licensed premises free of cockroach infestations. Each licensee was fined $800.

    From January to May 31, the NEA said it has suspended 61 licences.