Fishy hygiene practices

Black oil: Health officers checking the quality of oil and containers used to store fishball ingredients (right) in the factory in Paya Terubong, Penang. — Photos by CHARLES MARIASOOSAY

A COMPANY that has been making fishball for more than 25 years was ordered closed for two weeks for failing to meet the Health Department’s hygiene and health standards.

Several food processing equipment were also seized from the factory in Paya Terubong.

Penang health officers had found rat droppings in a storeroom where processed food and equipment were kept.

Officers also found flies flying over the processed food at the factory.

“Packets of processed food such as fishball and dim sum were placed on the floor. Workers were wearing dirty aprons and not wearing gloves while handling food items.

“The overall cleanliness of the factory is bad.

“They have to clean up the outlet before they can start operating again,” a department spokesman said after the check yesterday.

The company was also slapped with six compounds by the Penang Municipal Council over cleanliness-related issues.

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