A CHANGE in the community’s attitude to avoid patronising eateries that are not rated Grade A may encourage less hygienic eateries to improve cleanliness, Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) president Datuk Seri Hasim Ismail said.
“What sometimes encourages these food premises to not care so much about hygiene is that the community will continue to patronise it, whether it is clean or not.
“If the community changes its attitude to choose only Grade A eateries, this will encourage Grade B establishments to improve their hygiene, or they will not have any business,” he said.
Hasim expressed this opinion after following a joint operation by multiple PPj divisions to inspect food premises around Presint 8, Putrajaya on Tuesday night.
“One of the main factors we emphasise on is the cleanliness of the dining areas, kitchen, washrooms and walkways,” he said.
However, another area of particular concern to PPj is food handlers without typhoid vaccinations.
Thirteen employees without vaccinations were found in two eateries during the operation. They were ordered to stop work immediately.
Hasim said the workers would have to get their jabs the following morning under PPj’s supervision.
He added that while PPj made regular efforts to ensure food premises and business owners abided by the rules in the Food Act 1983 and other relevant by-laws, the cleanliness of washrooms in even Grade A establishments were far from satisfactory.
He said a good benchmark for washroom cleanliness was hotel washrooms, which were tended by staff at all times, in contrast to washrooms at eateries that are only cleaned perhaps once a day.
“The best measure to tell if a place is clean or not is to look at its washrooms. If the toilets can be kept clean, other areas are easier to keep clean,” he added.
The operation involved about 30 PPj officers who carried out inspections in 10 eateries.
Thirteen compound notices and four warning notices were issued, and seven tables and 28 chairs were seized for being placed along walkways without approval.