Cracking the whip on dirty food outlets

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 12 Dec 2019

Council assistant environmental health officer N. Yogeinthiran showing evidence of rat droppings and a cockroach found during the spotcheck at a restaurant in Jalan Perak.

A POPULAR restaurant in Jalan Perak has been ordered to close for 14 days after inspection by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) Licensing Department officers found rat droppings and cockroaches in its premises.

According to MBPP senior assistant environmental health officer Goh Chun Eng, the owner had failed to meet the hygiene standard and the closure order was issued under Section 38 (1) of the Food Establishment Act Bylaws 1991.

“During our visit, we found rat droppings and cockroaches lying under the cabinet and on the floor, ” he told reporters during the operation.

Goh said the owner of the premises must comply with the cleanliness requirements before resuming the business.

He advised all food operators in Penang to ensure that their premises are always clean as this would prevent their customers from being infected with diseases from the contaminated food and unhealthy environment.

“We will ensure that every food premises in the state follows all the regulations and meets the standard of requirements set by the city council, ” he said.

Since Nov 1,11 food premises on the island have been ordered close for 14 days for the same reason.

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