Steamboat eateries infested with rats and cockroaches

Council staff placing rat traps in drains and back lanes in Bandar Baru Klang.

SEVERAL open-air steamboat and other eateries in Bandar Baru Klang (BBK) may be ordered to close because of multiple violations.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) Health Department acting director Zulkifli Abbas said health inspectors found 42 kitchens and storerooms, where food and canned drinks were kept, were vermin infested.

“The operators were given one week to clean up and carried out pest control,” he said, adding notices were issued under the Food Establishment Licensing By-Laws (MPK) 2007,” he said.

“Those who fail to conform to the cleanliness requirements will be closed for two weeks or risk having their business licences revoked.”

Zulkifli said the rats carry the dangerous oriental rat flea that causes murine typhus while its urine is the source of leptospirosis disease.

Murine typhus is a disease transmitted to humans through infected fleas living on rats, resulting in high fever and rashes.

MPK president Mohammad Yacob said dirty eateries were putting customers’ health at risk.



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