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Spoiled leftover food found on a table at the roti canai stall.

A ROTI canai stall, which was run by a Rohingya United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) card holder, was slapped with a 14-day closure order after rat droppings were found in several areas at the stall in Penang.

The stall located outside a house compound in Sungai Ara was inspected during a joint operation dubbed ‘Ops Premis Warga Asing’ by the state Health Department and Penang Island City Council (MBPP).

Officers noticing that food is left exposed at the roti canai stall run by the Rohingya refugee. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The StarOfficers noticing that food is left exposed at the roti canai stall run by the Rohingya refugee. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

Health Department officer Mohd Wazir Khalid told reporters at the operation yesterday that they found the cleanliness of the roti canal stall was not up to a satisfactory level.

Mohd Wazir said the closure was done in accordance with Section 11 of the Food Act for unsatisfactory cleanliness.

He said the Rohingya UNHCR card holder running the stall did not have a valid work permit and rented the stall from a third party who owns the house.

Close-up of flies on doughnuts at the stall. Close-up of flies on doughnuts at the stall.

“The council issued four compounds of RM500 to the stall owner during the raid, ” he said.

The operation continued with another raid at a grocery store in Batu Maung.

There, the Health Department found a Bangladeshi national manning the counter of the store which was owned by a local.

Officers listing down the expired food items.Officers listing down the expired food items.

Mohd Wazir said that during the raid, the department issued one notice while the council issued three notices that amounted to RM3,000.

“We also confiscated 19 food items that were put on display for sale by the store owner even though they had already expired, ” he said.

A Health Department officer showing tins of lychees past their expiry date at the grocery store. A Health Department officer showing tins of lychees past their expiry date at the grocery store.

Mohd Wazir pointed out that the Health Department, with the help of the local authorities, would continue to conduct raids on food outlets.

He added that the authorities would not compromise their standards for anyone, especially when it came to cleanliness.

He advised local owners of premises not to take their business licences for granted and not to give them to foreign migrants in the country.

Some officers inspecting the grocery store while others fill up compound notices to be issued to the errant grocer.Some officers inspecting the grocery store while others fill up compound notices to be issued to the errant grocer.

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