Customers’ right to demand for use of gloves, food traders told

Sivanesan (left) and his officers checking the food and drinks sold at the Ipoh Stadium Ramadan bazaar.

CUSTOMERS have a right to tell traders to wear gloves when preparing and selling food, says Perak Health Committee chairman A. Sivanesan.

He said customers could make the demand to ensure proper hygiene standards and cleanliness are maintained in handling food.

“Customers pay for the food so they are entitled to get clean food.

“If anyone were to come across food vendors who don’t wear gloves, they can remind them to wear it,” he said after visiting the Ipoh Stadium Ramadan bazaar here.

Sivanesan said the state health department recorded 16 cases where food traders had not been vaccinated against typhoid.

“We do not want any more cases similar to what happened in Seri Manjung (last year).

“We are checking all food and drinks sold at bazaars in the state to ensure cleanliness and proper hygiene,” he said, adding that the hawkers must be vaccinated, failing which action would be taken against them.

“As of May 13, we inspected 1,704 stalls in the state and 1,575 scored more than 80%,” he added.

It was reported that an 11-year-old died from complications after suffering food poisoning in Seri Manjung in June last year.

Sivanesan also said that 4,033 food traders in Perak had been vaccinated against typhoid while 61 random samples of food and drinks were collected for testing.

“Some 54 samples were sent for microbiology testing, five for chemical testing and two for physical analysis,” he said, adding that no cases of food contamination were found.

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