Crackdown on errant mini markets

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 25 Jul 2020

State Health Department and MBSP enforcement officers checking the shelves and boxes for items being sold without proper labels at one of the mini markets.

THE north Seberang Prai district Health Department, together with Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) officers, raided five mini markets at various places in Kepala Batas and Tasek Gelugor near Butterworth.

Penang Health Department environmental health officer Mohd Wazir Khalid said the raid was conducted following a surveillance on the premises by his department.

He said a total of 12 compound notices amounting to RM21,600 were issued while RM5,500 worth of goods were seized for further investigations.

He said among the notices issued by his department were those under Section 11(1)(j) of the Food Regulations 2017 for not displaying goods with the labels of the manufacturers, Section 14(9)(b) of the same regulation for selling expired goods and Section 38(5) of the Food Hygiene Regulations 2009 for placing food items on the floor.

Mohd Wazir discovering the inappropriate use of a bathroom to store food products during the raid in one of the mini markets.Mohd Wazir discovering the inappropriate use of a bathroom to store food products during the raid in one of the mini markets.

Mohd Wazir was speaking to reporters after the operation at a mini market in Bertam, Kepala Batas on Thursday.

He said MBSP also issued notices to the mini markets for placing things on the pathway outside their premises.

The operation involved a total of 50 members from the Health Department, MBSP’s enforcement and licensing department and the Food Safety and Quality Division of the state Welfare Department.

Mohd Wazir also said the operation focused on premises operated by foreigners.

“Three premises which we checked were managed by Indonesians who are from Acheh.

“During the raid, the workers stated that they were only employees. However, after waiting for a long time, the owner of the premises did not turn up.

“Following investigations, we believe that the name stated in the business licence belonged to another person.

“In this regard, the Health Ministry hopes that premises owners do not encourage foreigners to run the business, ” he added.

Mohd Wazir added that an underage worker was found working in one of the premises.

He said similar operations would always be carried out from time to time by the enforcement team to ensure public safety.

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