RAMADAN bazaar traders must ensure the food they sell complies with good hygiene practices or risk being blacklisted, said Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) director-general Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz.
“Traders who were caught selling unhygienic food last year will not be given a licence to operate in Ramadan bazaars at 76 locations this year in Kuala Lumpur.
“We took 935 samples last year and found that 364 were contaminated. DBKL had issued 102 compounds to these traders.
“DBKL will continue with the annual food sampling and sanitation checks programme at various Ramadan bazaars,” he said at the launch of Operasi Bazaar Ramadan in Tasik Permaisuri Park, Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras.
The objective of the programme is to ensure that the food sold at Ramadan bazaars in Kuala Lumpur are hygienic and safe to consume as well as prepared in accordance with the health and cleanliness guidelines.
It also includes aspects such as handling of food, donning aprons and headgear as well as ensuring food handlers had been given typhoid vaccination and undergone food handling courses.
The food sampling operation would be conducted for 12 days until July 17 and 1,140 food samples are expected to be collected from 12 different locations.
DBKL officers will be taking food samples at random and they will be analysed at DBKL’s Food Quality Laboratory. The results would be obtained within three days.
Sanitation checks, however, would be conducted until the last week of the Ramadan month.
Errant operators could be fined up to RM2,000 for offences under the 1979 Food Handling Bylaw.
Also present were DBKL Health and Environment Department director Dr Hayati Abdullah and Bandar Tun Razak area manager Ahmad Ibnu Sina Termizi.
Mohd Amin Nordin also mentioned there were more than 110 Ramadan bazaar applications and about 39 were rejected because of unsuitable locations that will contribute to traffic congestion.
“I would also advise traders and consumers to handle the food wisely and do not leave the food uncovered as it will be prone to contamination,” he said.