“Dumpling Festival” shut down by SFA after food poisoning reports

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) recently shut down the Dumpling Festival event held at Orchardgateway after several attendees reported symptoms of food poisoning.

This incident has raised concerns over food safety practices at such events. Many festival-goers experienced severe stomach cramps, diarrhoea, and vomiting after consuming the rice dumplings offered at the festival.

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The SFA’s investigations revealed that the event organisers had failed to apply for the required temporary fair permit, which is essential to ensure that all food vendors adhere to strict food safety standards. The agency emphasised that these permits are crucial for maintaining hygiene and preventing health hazards.

Dumpling festival - poster of closure

The organisers’ lack of a permit has highlighted the importance of regulatory oversight in preventing foodborne illnesses. The SFA has launched a detailed investigation to identify the source of the contamination and to hold the responsible parties accountable. This incident serves as a reminder of the potential risks associated with consuming food from temporary events without proper regulatory approval.

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Orchardgateway, the venue for the event, stated that they were unaware of any food poisoning cases linked to the festival until they were contacted by the SFA. They have since been cooperating fully with the authorities to address the situation and ensure that all necessary measures are taken to prevent a recurrence.


In response to the incident, the SFA reiterated the importance of food safety and urged all event organisers to comply with regulatory requirements. They stressed that such incidents could have been avoided if proper procedures had been followed. The SFA continues to monitor the situation and is working towards enhancing food safety standards across the country.

This incident underscores the critical need for vigilance and compliance with food safety regulations to protect public health. Consumers are also advised to be cautious and report any food-related illnesses to the authorities promptly.

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