THE Perak Heath Department will conduct random checks at eateries and shops throughout Chinese New Year to ensure food items sold are safe to be consumed.
Perak Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said the operation, called “Ops Ji” (Operation Chicken), will be held until Chap Goh Mei to ensure traders are not selling bad goods.
“We will be doing two series of operations.
“The first series took place between Jan 2 and 20. The second series will be between Jan 30 and Feb 11,” he told reporters during the launching of the operations at the Tapah bazaar last Friday.
“We will check hawker stalls, eateries and some shops to ensure canned items are not rusted or dented and food items sold are not spoilt or expired,” he added.
Dr Mah said checks on food safety and cleanliness were conducted throughout the year.
“During the festivities, we take the opportunity to remind traders to ensure their goods are according to standards,” he said, adding that the operation also involvled district officers.
“We will not hesitate to issue fines to business owners whose premises do not adhere to regulations,” he said, adding that officers have checked some 13,199 premises last year and compounded some RM280,730 in seized items.
During the launching ceremony, Dr Mah also presented traders with caps, aprons and some cooking utensils.