Soy sauce factory shut down for various violations

Filthy state: Mohd Wazir inspecting a mouldy tray at the soy sauce factory in Kuala Mengkuang, Bukit Mertajam. — Bernama

BUKIT MERTAJAM: A soy sauce factory in Kuala Mengkuang here has been ordered to close following Ops Sepadu for various violations.

According to the food safety and quality division of the state health department, action was taken following feedback from the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry.

“The raid found various infringements, with the major one being the residential premises being converted into a factory, ” said health officer Mohd Wazir Khalid, who added other violations were hygiene-related, such as mouldy equipment, dirty storage of food, unclean containers for the soy sauce, as well as the discovery of rat droppings and mosquito breeding.

In addition to this, Mohd Wazir said the building was also structurally unsound.

“We also found unauthorised usage of the halal as well as the MeSTI (Food Safety is the Responsibility of the Industry certification) logos, and as such, will forward this to the relevant agencies for further action, ” he told reporters after the raid here yesterday.

The raid was conducted by 12 personnel from the state health department, five officers from the Domestic Trade Ministry, and two officers from the Penang Religious Affairs Department (JHEAIPP)

Mohd Wazir added that the workers were also found to be without the (compulsory) typhoid vaccinations, while the electrical wiring in the premises were in poor shape.

He said the closure of the business for 14 days was done under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983, Food Regulations 1985, and the Food Hygiene Regulations 2009. Fines exceeding RM5,500 were also meted through two compound notices. — Bernama

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