Four shops fail spot check


Council officers checking the cleanliness of the plates and food counter at a nasi kandar restaurant in Chulia Street, Penang. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

THREE eateries and a grocery store were ordered close by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) after rat carcass and droppings as well as live cockroaches were separately found at the premises.

They were a coffee shop in Bishop Street, a restaurant in Chulia Street as well as a restaurant and grocery store in Penang Street.

MBPP environmental health officer Bawani Murugasan said the premises were ordered to temporarily close in accordance with MBPP by-laws under Section 38 (1) of the Food Establishment Act By-laws 1991.

In the Wednesday operation, she said, three compounds totalling RM260 were also issued to three out of the four premises.

Bawani conducting a spot check at the grocery store in Penang Street.Bawani conducting a spot check at the grocery store in Penang Street.

“The grocery store in Penang Street was ordered close as we found a rat carcass and rat droppings there.

“The premises in Bishop Street was closed as rat droppings were found and a compound of RM80 was issued as the food handlers were not given typhoid injections.

“The premises in Chulia Street was closed as we found it to have improperly stored raw and cooked chicken together, which could lead to cross contamination.

“We slapped it with a RM100 compound for improper storage of food which could cause cross contamination and the outlet was ordered close as we found cockroaches there.

Council officers checking the kitchen of a restaurant in Bishop Street.Council officers checking the kitchen of a restaurant in Bishop Street.

“Lastly, we closed down the restaurant in Penang Street after finding live cockroaches there.

“A compound of RM80 was issued to the premises as the food handlers were not given typhoid injections, ” she said at a press conference after the operation.

During the operation, Bawani led 12 licensing officers to run spot checks on the four premises.

“This is our fourth spot check since January this year.

“Up to now, we have inspected 17 premises and closed down 12 of them, with 19 compounds issued totalling RM1,300, ” she said.

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