SEVERAL eateries have been ordered closed by the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) in an ongoing operation to check food safety and hygiene.
“Action was taken for violations such as cockroach infestation, rat droppings, not maintaining food temperature, preparing food in back lanes and dirty toilets,” said MPK Corporate Communications director Norfiza Mahfiz.
She added that the operation began in December last year and 21 food establishments were ordered closed that month.
“Eleven other eateries saw their hygiene grading lowered while others were issued with compound notices for various food safety violations.
“We will continue with our operations to ensure that all eateries conform to food safety standards.
“Spot checks are needed to prevent water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid,” she added.
Health Department officers checked to see how food was prepared, cooked, reheated and stored.
The cleanliness of the premises, lighting, ventilation and utensils were also scrutinised, she said.
Norfiza added that the majority of complaints about the state of cleanliness in eateries were received over the phone.
She added that many pointed out that workers in restaurants in Bandar Bukit Tinggi used the back lanes to prepare food and this had led to a worsening rodent problem.
“Health inspectors are worried that such unhygienic practices will lead to food poisoning as contamination risks are high,” she said, adding that MPK would ensure that pest control activities were heightened in areas in Bandar Bukit Tinggi that were closer to restaurants.
“Eateries must also implement their own pest control treatment.
“MPK will also check if foreigners working as food handlers have been vaccinated,” she added.