KUANTAN: A total of 99 food premises were inspected by health authorities during an operation to ensure operators adheref to standard cleanliness guidelines as stipulated by law.
State Health director Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar said the premises were located in the Kuantan town centre, Indera Mahkota, Bukit Setongkol and Beserah.
Dr Zainal Ariffin said during the operation, health officers ordered two premises to close under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983.
“Our officers spotted the presence of rats in both premises and the freezers where raw products were kept was not functioning and the surrounding area was dirty.
“In addition, the health status of foreign food handlers was questionable as there was no proof of them having received anti-typhoid vaccination,” he said in a statement.
Dr Zainal Ariffin said his officers also issued 37 notices to food operators to appear in court for compoundable offences under the Food Hygiene Regulations 2009.
He said the total amount compoundable was RM9,700 involving offences such as the attire of food handlers, failure to display premise licence, non-renewal and operating without a licence.
“The operation was assisted by personnel from the Kuantan, Maran, Bera and Pekan health offices, as well as Kuantan Municipal Council and Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism.
“It is the responsibility of food operators to ensure cleanliness and maintain a high level of hygiene in their premises at all times,” he said, adding that regular monitoring would be carried out to safeguard public health.
Dr Zainal Ariffin said through various promotion and awareness campaigns, the public was reminded to frequent clean eateries and to stay away from dirty ones.