CLEANLINESS in eateries is no small matter as lack of hygiene can cause health problems, ranging from an upset stomach to food poisoning.
Recognising this, Putrajaya Corporation (PjC) conducted a check on eateries operating at the commercial site of the Putra Harmoni flats in Precinct 9, Putrajaya.
Some 13 eateries were inspected, with three issued a 14-day closure notice for falling below the minimum cleanliness grading.
PjC president Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim, who headed the operation, said owners were told to clean up their premises within that period.
“If they manage to clean up before the period ends, they can resume operations following a satisfactory review of their premises, ” he said.
Aminuddin reminded owners to comply with the grease trap ruling and also ensure that their workers receive typhoid vaccinations.
“Failing to comply with the proper hygiene standards can cause their customers to fall sick or suffer from diarrhoea after eating food prepared by these restaurants, ” he said, adding that the operation was carried out in accordance with the Food Act 1983.
Aminuddin added that four premises received an A grade and six were given B for scoring above 86% and 71% respectively.
“These premises displayed a satisfactory cleanliness standard and were allowed to continue operations.
“Of 295 premises that have been inspected thus far, 158 and 136 premises were graded A and B respectively, ” said Aminuddin, adding that 74 compounds and 24 warning notices had been issued to some eateries this year.
“The premises were issued with these documents for failing to maintain their grease traps, not using biodegradable plastics and not renewing their licence, ” he said.
Aminuddin added that there were currently 420 eateries registered in Putrajaya, compared to only 350 last year.
“As of Oct 17, we have covered 72% of the restaurants and we hope to inspect the rest by the end of the year, ” he said.
Some 30 enforcement officers took part in the operation along with PjC Town Services vice-president Datuk Azizi Ahmad Termizi and PjC Environmental Health assistant director Azman Ahmad.
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