KUALA LUMPUR City Hall (DBKL) has warned owners of eateries in the city that it would not compromise on hygiene standards.
DBKL announced that it would closely follow the Kuala Lumpur Cleanliness Blueprint, which indicated the hygiene level of an eatery based on four colour codes – red (unhygienic), blue (less clean), yellow (moderately clean) and green (clean).
After visiting several food shops in the Masjid Jamek area, Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan said he wanted the city’s eateries to clean up their act and aim for the green standard.
“In the meantime, we want eateries in the red category to increase their rating to a yellow within the next two to three weeks.
“Those with red stickers will be visited by DBKL officers daily to see if they have cleaned up. Blue standard eateries will be visited every three days, yellow every five days and green once a month.
“The method we are using under the blueprint is the 3E concept – engage, educate and enforce,” he said.
Loga Bala added that enforcement was the last resort and if the premises, especially those marked red, did not adhere to the standards of cleanliness, enforcement officers would shut down their operations.
“If the eatery does not meet the requirements, they will be downgraded, and those marked red will be shut down within a week,” he said.
Of the 42 food court stalls and restaurants Loga Bala visited on Feb 5, six were tagged green, 16 yellow, 18 blue, and two red.
The cleanliness criteria is based on a 100-point rating in terms of food waste found in the gutter, working grease traps, food preparation or cleaning on the floor or area outside the premises, the presence of pests that include cockroaches, flies and rats, as well as the cleanliness of the premises.
“We definitely see a difference this year, there is progress as the traders know how serious we are about enforcement,” he said.
The Hygiene Enforcement Task Force started taking action on food premises in January and has since issued compound notices to 24 DBKL hawker centres and 26 eateries.
Last year’s efforts to enforce hygiene standards saw DBKL’s Health and Environment Department issuing 2,553 compound notices with 1,157 eateries shut down due to problems with cleanliness.
Throughout the year, as many as 467 licences were revoked by DBKL’s Licensing and Petty Traders Management Department for not meeting the standards.
Compound notices are at a maximum of RM2,000 depending on the type of offence.
As part of efforts to improve food outlets, DBKL’s Health and Environment Department deputy director Abdul Rahman Ahmad said their mobile typhoid immunisation programme was still being carried out.
“We will provide the mobile clinic service on the spot if the eateries can gather 25 people or more so they don’t have to go to the clinic in Cheras,” he said.