CHECKS ON EATERIES
Move to ensure food is safe to eat
NUR AQIDAH AZIZI SEREMBAN email@example.com
SPOT checks on various eateries, including Ramadan bazaars, will be intensified to ensure that food prepared and served there is clean and safe for consumption.
State Health director Dr Zainudin Mohd Ali said the operations would be carried out by several teams from the department and the local authorities.
“We will first offer advice to dirty food outlets operators... action will be taken if they fail to comply with regulations (on subsequent checks).
“Our teams are always on their toes, carrying out periodic checks and on the lookout for dirty food outlets.
“We will also take action should we receive complaints,” he said.
Zainudin said Health Department teams, during an integrated food hygiene operation last week, issued fines totalling RM8,350 to operators of dirty eateries.
One eatery was ordered to close for a fortnight due to poor hygiene.
Last year, 6,349 premises in the state were inspected. A total of 119 were ordered to close, while 737 compound fines amounting to RM256,300 were issued to outlet operators for various offences.
“The state Health Department will continue to conduct campaigns and inspections on food premises to ensure that the food sold to the public is safe for consumption,” he said.
People shopping for food at the Ampangan Ramadan bazaar on the first day of Ramadan in Seremban yesterday. (Inset) Trader Saufi Agani sells his ‘kuih akok’ at RM2 for five pieces at the bazaar.