CHECKS ON EATER­IES

Move to en­sure food is safe to eat

New Straits Times - - News -

NUR AQIDAH AZIZI SEREMBAN news@nst.com.my

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.

ADZLAN SIDEK PIX BY

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.

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