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14/07/17: Grain’s hygiene status downgraded after foodborne illness


The NEA said Grain’s food hygiene grade will be reviewed one year later.

A Singapore food delivery and catering start-up has had its food hygiene status downgraded to “C”, after an outbreak of a suspected foodborne illness.

Around 20 people reported having gastroenteritis symptoms after consuming food prepared by Grain’s central kitchen at Tee Yih Jia Food Building, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Thursday (July 13).

On Friday, the NEA downgraded Grain’s food hygiene grade from “A” to “C”, which is the third banding in the four-tier grading system.

The grades are based on the overall hygiene, cleanliness and housekeeping standards of the premises.

Grain’s food hygiene grade will be reviewed one year later, the NEA added.

According to media reports, the food technology firm counts Thai Express founder Ivan Lee, as well as Mr Wee Teng Wen, the co-founder of Singapore-based F&B group Lo & Behold, as its investors.

It raised S$2.45 million in a round of funding in 2015.

The start-up also raised venture debt from Singapore’s DBS Bank in 2016, allowing it to move to a new kitchen.

Grain said on its website that it prepares food in small batches and keeps it in a controlled temperature, allowing it to “very vigorously track how long each meal can stay fresh for”.

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