A NEW app by Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) will enable self-assessment of hygiene at licensed food premises.
The i-Gred app requires restaurant owners or operators to conduct inspections and assess the level of cleanliness and food safety in their respective premises.
Acting Shah Alam mayor Mohd Rashidi Ruslan launched the app during a monthly gathering with employees at Auditorium MBSA in Shah Alam.
“Through this app, inspection and assessment of cleanliness at food premises is done in an integrated manner involving three parties, namely the food operator, customer or public and MBSA health inspector, ” said MBSA Corporate and Public Relations head Shahrin Ahmad in a statement.
“Operators or owners of food premises need to get feedback from customers through the i-Gred app as a method of monitoring their cleanliness.
“The minimum is 30 customers for one premises per month.
“Food premises then need to send a monthly hygiene level assessment report to MBSA using the app, ” he added.
Also present at the launch were MBSA Information Technology Division head Umi Aida Ab Malik, management and legal sector deputy secretary Asmah Mohd Zin, councillor Papparaidu Veraman, operations sector deputy secretary Yunus Suri and Environmental Health Department director Norhisham Mohammad.
MBSA is targeting 200 premises to use the app consistently, with some already registering their intention with the city council.
“The i-Gred app is an ongoing commitment by MBSA to improve awareness and knowledge of cleanliness as well as enforcement of regulations.
“It is also an initiative to encourage these operators to be aware of cleanliness at all times and to make improvements when needed quickly, ” said Shahrin.
Food premises that consistently maintain a Grade A level of cleanliness will have their businesses promoted on MBSA’s website and social media platforms.
Later the same day, a memorandum of understanding was signed with 99 Speedmart for the MBSA Cares Food Basket Programme.
The programme, which started on Feb 8, involves the purchase of packages covering basic food items as well as infant formula that will then be channelled to those in need, particularly households from the B40 group.
“As of March 31, some 6,000 people have contributed to the MBSA Cares Food Basket Programme amounting to a total cash contribution of RM90,910.
“MBSA has identified 1,884 recipients for the programme and allocated RM50,000 to kickstart it.
“Selangor socio-economic development, social welfare, workers empowerment committee chairman V. Ganabatirau also contributed RM10,000.
“A portion of the RM130,000 contributed by 99 Speedmart to the state government’s plastic bag charge will also be used for this purpose, ” said Shahrin in a statement.
The public can contribute by purchasing vouchers for the basic food items and infant formula, with prices ranging from RM10 to RM50 per package.
The vouchers are available for purchase at any 99 Speedmart outlet under MBSA’s jurisdiction.
Those who contribute towards the MBSA Cares Food Basket Programme will be presented with special vouchers and certificates of appreciation.
The programme is in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals to ensure that no one is left behind. — By JADE CHAN