FIVE eateries in Fraser Business Park, Kuala Lumpur, were forced to close temporarily from tomorrow for not meeting sanitary guidelines.
The restaurants and coffeeshops were issued an order under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983 and compelled to clean up the premises.
A further inspection will be conducted by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to determine if the eateries meet the required guidelines and are fit to operate.
During an inaugural joint operation with various departments from the Federal Territories Ministry and DBKL, 20 enforcement personnel inspected 15 eateries and convenience stores in the area to check on its cleanliness and the use of biodegradable bags.
Federal Territories Ministry deputy secretary-general (Planning and Development) Datuk M. Noor Azman Taib said the operation was an ongoing effort by the government to ensure the food premises met hygiene standards.
“The owners must comply with the guidelines given to them.
“We take stringent measures to ensure the cleanliness of the premises and explain to them in detail what can be done to improve it.
“They must understand that a clean eatery will attract more customers,” he said in a press conference at DBKL’s Health and Environment Department in Jalan Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
Fifteen compounds were issued under Section 46 of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 for obstruction as well as Section 25(1)(e) of the Licensing of Food Establishments (Federal Territory Of Labuan) by-law 2016 for not using biodegradable plastic packaging.
It carries a fine of RM500 to a maximum of RM2,000 depending on the offences, which include workers failing to wear proper attire such as caps, hair net and apron; preparing food at the back lanes; unsatisfactory hygiene on the premises; disposal of food waste and liquid into the drain, and not installing grease traps.
Cockroaches were spotted in several restaurants as well.
Meanwhile, three restaurants and a cafe which met hygiene standards were given a Category A sign to be displayed at their premises.
On biodegradable plastic packaging, Federal Territories Ministry Strategic Development Unit secretary Lokman Jamaan said five out of the 15 compounds issued were due to the use of non-biodegradable plastic packaging.
“Some of them are still not aware of the ban on non-biodegradable plastic packaging while some used oxo-degradable and photodegradable plastic bags which do not comply with the ministry’s by-law.
“Since Sept 1 this year, we started our operations to take action against premises that do not use biodegradable plastic bags.
“Premises have to ensure that the biodegradable plastic bags have the Sirim and Federal Territories Ministry labels,” he said.