MBPJ puts hotel kitchens under the microscope


Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) senior health inspectors want all nine hotels and recreational clubs in its jurisdiction to practise a pro-active risk management approach to maintain high standards of hygiene and cleanliness.

MBPJ Health and Environment Department director Dr Chitra Davi N. Vadivellu said the inspectors had proposed that the hotels and clubs work with the council’s health department to ensure high standards in food preparation.

“The managers at the hotels’ kitchens can form a committee with the senior health officers to conduct regular assessments and discuss ways to deliver the best to the customer.

“I commend the senior health officers for being innovative with their proposals.

“We want to be transparent and help the hospitality industry grow,” she said.

Over the week, Dr Chitra and a team of MBPJ health inspectors checked the kitchens of eight hotels.

All were rated 90% and above for hygiene and cleanliness.

The food handlers were also subjected to swab tests for E.coli bacteria.

Dr Chitra said the checks were carried out in a transparent manner.

She said the team looked at numerous aspects such as the attire of food handlers and the materials used for shelves where food was stored.

Senior assistant environmental health officer Ravindran Perumal, assistant environmental health officer P.S. Ong, assistant health officer Rebecaa Santhana-samy were among those involved in the inspections.

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