The inspection team found rat droppings and urine, dead cockroaches and puddles of water between cracks on the floor during the special operation at 70 premises as at 3pm yesterday.
More than 88 health officers from nine districts in Selangor were involved in the special operation to inspect restaurants and food stalls in the area.
Hulu Langat district health officer Dr Zailiza Suli said the operation was carried out to ensure that restaurants and stalls strictly followed the Food Act, 1983 and Food Hygiene Regulations, 2009.
“We received complaints with regards to the cleanliness of certain eateries.
“Customers complained about flies and hair strands found in the food.
“Following inspection by our officers, 16 premises were ordered to close under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983 while 98 notices were issued under Food Hygiene Regulations, 2009 with a total compound of RM61,350.
Federal Health Inspectorate and Legal Unit (UIP) officer Zawiah Ab Ghani said the restaurant and stall operators were reminded about hygiene and cleanliness with regards to food handling.
“The operators can resume business after we carry out another inspection and we are satisfied that they have complied with the laws for food handling and cleanliness of the premises,” she said during the operation.
Dr Zailiza said checks would be carried out at food premises to ensure the public do not fall victim to food poisoning or bacteria infection such as typhoid.
She advised the public to identify three pain indicators in food contamination cases, which were the look, smell and taste of the food or drink.
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