Marked drop in cases of food poisoning


KUALA LUMPUR: The number of food poisoning cases in the country recorded a decrease of 44.2% throughout last year, from 516 cases to 288 cases compared to the same period in 2019.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said although it was under control, the Health Ministry through its Food Safety and Quality Division still took the issue seriously as food safety should not be treated lightly.

In a media statement in conjunction with World Food Safety Day celebrated yesterday, with the slogan “Keselamatan Makanan, Tanggungjawab Bersama (Food Safety Everyone’s Responsibility)”, he said that although the country was being hit by the pandemic, the ministry still ensured that monitoring activities and enforcement actions were being carried out.

He added that last year, a total of 66,210 food premises nationwide were inspected and 90.1% of them were found to be clean, while 1,534 (2.32%) were ordered to close due to lack of hygiene. — Bernama

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