58 dirty food premises in Melaka were ordered to close last year

58 dirty food premises in Melaka were ordered to close last year

MELAKA: A total of 58 dirty food premises in the state were ordered to be closed for failing to meet the hygiene standards set throughout last year.

Malacca Health Director Datuk Dr Rusdi Abd Rahman said action was taken under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983 and the order to close the premises was for 14 days for cleaning works involved in the premises.

“The Malacca Health Department inspected a total of 5,081 food premises throughout Melaka last year, and 58 of the premises involved were ordered to close.

“During the same period, a total of 1,664 notices under the Food Hygiene Regulations 2009 with a compound value of RM211,650 were issued,” he said in a statement here today.

He said in addition, a total of 5,057 types of goods in violation of the Food Act 1983 such as damaged, broken, dented or rusted, expired, moldy and damaged packaging were also confiscated involving a value of RM157,461.14.

He said a total of 53 compounds worth RM157,000 were issued under the Food Regulations 1985.

In the meantime, Rusdi said the Melaka Health Department will continue to increase monitoring of all food sales premises around Melaka to ensure compliance with the Food Act 1983 and the regulations under it.

He said food traders including restaurants, eateries, stalls, supermarkets, grocery stores and mini markets are advised to always keep the premises clean and ensure that the food sold does not expire and comply with food labeling requirements.

“The State Health Department is always sensitive and concerned about matters that may threaten the health of consumers and any concerns regarding food safety issues can contact the nearest District Health Office or State Health Department or make a complaint via the website http://moh.spab.gov.my, ” he said.

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