The National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore has reportedly suspended the licence of TungLok Catering at Max Atria @ Singapore Expo until further notice after 190 people fell ill.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), NEA is investigating as a number of cases of gastroenteritis were reported by guests after eating food at the expo, reported The Straits Times.

However, authorities investigating the incident noted that the 190 people affected were not hospitalised and have recovered.

“We have been running our catering business at the Singapore Expo for at least six years and this is the first such incident.”

According to TungLok Group president and CEO Andrew Tjioe, more than 1,000 bento boxes were served for the Singapore Civil Defence Force’s (SCDF) Lifesavers’ Connect public exhibition.

The boxes had white rice and three dishes, including curry chicken and vegetables.

Tjioe was quoted by the news website as saying: “We have been running our catering business at the Singapore Expo for at least six years and this is the first such incident. Our kitchens have all been certified ‘A’. Things like this can happen and we hope to get to the root cause of it.”

As part of the investigation, NEA has taken food and environmental samples for testing, as well as sent the catering firm’s kitchen workers for stool screening.

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It has also asked the kitchen staff of the catering company to re-attend and pass its Basic Food Hygiene Course.