PUTRAJAYA: More than 4,200 enforcement officers will be involved in a nationwide operation to inspect and close dirty food premises starting July 1.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam said on Friday, food premises with rats and dirty utensils would be closed under Section 11 of Food Act 1983 where the owner could be jailed not more five years or fine or both.
"Under the Food Hygiene Regulations 2009, premise owners will be compounded if they do not comply with the directive to improve.
“Fines of between RM100 to RM1,000 will depend on cleanliness level," he told a press conference here.
Of the 132,528 food premises inspected last year, 3,447 were closed while of the 44,860 premises inspected up to May this year, 995 were closed for being dirty.
Subramaniam also said the number of haze related diseases in clinics and hospitals declined following the improved air quality.
"Some 426 asthma cases were reported in Selangor last week compared to 122 cases on Friday.
“For cough and others, the number dropped from 1,743 to 1,132,” he said.
On another matter he said unexpected death cases in Malaysia did not mean that health screening in the country had failed.
"I can examine myself today and be certified fit by the doctor but tomorrow I can collapse.
“We can predict illness to a certain degree but we cannot predict illness 100 percent," he said referring to the death of Kuala Besut state assemblyman Dr A. Rahman Mokhtar.
In the 13th general election (GE13), Dr A. Rahman of Barisan Nasional (BN) beat Napisah Ismail of PAS to win the seat with a majority of 2,434 votes. - Bernama