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M.A. Deen Biasa at Jalan Sultan loses its licence

Last Friday, this restaurant was one of four Indian Muslim restaurants to lose their licence. According to AsiaOne Online, these restaurants lost their licences because they tried to pass beef off as mutton. The article is posted below, courtesy of Asia One

SINGAPORE – Four food outlets have had their operating licences revoked with effect from Friday, for passing beef off as mutton last year. They were also each fined $3,000 under the Sale of Food Act.

The outlets are Deen Biasa Restaurant, M. Mohamed Ismail Mee Goreng Specialist From Shenton Way, N.M Abdul Rahim From Shenton Way and A. Rashid Khan Mutton Soup Specialist From Shenton Way.

The first is located in Jalan Sultan, while the rest are in West Coast Drive.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a statement on Friday that it had investigated 15 restaurants and hawker stalls which were suspected of serving beef in mutton dishes, after receiving feedback from the public last October.

A laboratory at the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority conducted DNA tests on samples of mutton dishes from all 15 food outlets.

Beef was found in samples taken from dishes at the four outlets, plus two others.

The remaining two outlets will have their cases heard at the end of this month.

An NEA spokesman said: “NEA has sent out advisories to all meat sellers to remind them it is an offence to sell adulterated meat, and to use separate equipment for processing different meats.”

The NEA will continue with random checks and following up on all feedback received, she added.

In November last year, two meat suppliers were also fined for passing beef off as mutton.

Their licences to sell meat were revoked.

Under the Sale of Food Act, first-time offenders can be fined up to $5,000 if convicted.

Their licence to operate a food retail outlet can also be suspended or revoked.

This is quite a serious offence and I am sorry they lost their licences because I I used to eat there sometimes. Their nasi goreng ikan bilis is one dish that I love and one I used to eat regularly. But passing off beef as mutton is a very serious offence, especially in multi-racial Singapore, where some people, because of religious beliefs, have to abstain from beef.

But here is a shocker. When I went past the place, I saw this taped on the restaurant shutter doors. Renovations? Yeah…right!


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