The National Environment Agency investigation has revealed that other than the rat carcass found in Hotpot Culture Restaurant, it also had rat droppings on its storeroom floor and on the kitchen false ceiling.
Numerous holes were found in these areas and these could be how the rats entered the kitchen.
NEA has instructed the restaurant to block off these potential rodent entry points and ensure proper waste management practices are adhered to strictly.
After the incident, the restaurant’s pest control operator trapped another two more rats on the premises and carried out a thorough sterilisation of the area.
NEA said that the restaurant will remain closed indefinitely and punitive action will be taken against the restaurant. Food licensees who serve unclean food can be fined up to S$2,000 and received six demerit points.