The 330 restaurants and coffee shops in the Kuching City North area will be graded in an effort to improve their cleanliness and service quality.
Top food outlets will score Grade A (excellent), followed by B (good), C (average) and D (unsatisfactory and requiring immediate improvement).
Grade D outlets will be given 14 days to carry out upgrading work, failing which they will be referred to the health department for closure, City North health officer Jeffrey Ang said last week.
Ang said the grading exercise would cover personal hygiene of food handlers, food safety and protection, kitchen and drinks preparation area, using hot water to sterilise forks and spoons and general cleanliness.
He said the validity of the grades would be six months for Grades A and B, three months for Grade C and one month for Grade D, during which time routine inspections would be carried out at the premises.
Outlets had to strategically display grade cards at their premises, he said, adding that it was important to upgrade cleanliness and service quality of food outlets in the city.