THREE food factories and five restaurants in the southwest district of Penang were ordered closed for failing to meet the standard hygiene requirements.
“There were rat droppings. Some of the premises were also infested with cockroaches and most of them did not practise proper food sanitation.
“The eight premises also failed to meet the cleanliness score required, which is 70 and above,” said Health Ministry Inspectorate and Legislation branch head Ong Ang Guan, adding that the eight premises scored between 40 and 64.75.
Ong said 28 food premises were inspected during the operation codenamed Penang Sihat and 34 compound notices totalling RM18,100 were issued to the food operators.
The recent operation was jointly organised by the Health Ministry, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry and Penang Island City Council (MBPP) involving 225 officers.
Ong said the raiding squad also carried out inspection at potential dengue breeding grounds and enforcement on smoking ban.
“We inspected 19 premises for potential dengue breeding grounds and issued warnings to three premises.
“The enforcement officers also conducted checks on 17 premises on the Tobacco Control Rules and Regulation 2004 (PPKHT 2004) for smoking at non-smoking zone and not displaying the smoking prohibition warning board.
“Sixteen notices amounting to RM7,100 were issued to those who violated the rules,” he said.
During the operation, MBPP also issued 20 compounds amounting to RM2,620 to some of the premises for various offences.