Thursday September 13, 2012
25 restaurants closed after failing health inspections
over the past eight months, the Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) Health Department has ordered 25 restaurants to be closed for two weeks.
Public relations officer Zainun Zakaria said the restaurants did not pass the department’s hygiene inspections.
“MBPJ has been aggressive in our stand to clean up eateries that flout cleanliness regulations.
“From January to August this year, MBPJ has closed 25 restaurants. Of the number, we found rat droppings, cockroach infestation and vegetables being washed next to the drain at five restaurants in Sunway Damansara,” he added.
She added that health inspections were carried out at random while checks on the five restaurants in Sunway Damansara were prompted by tip-offs from the public.
“Our health inspectors noted there were blatant disregard for hygiene regulations.
“Vegetables and meat were placed on the floor.
“Due to space constraints in the kitchen, the workers had resorted to washing the vegetables outside the kitchen, close to the drain in the alley,” she said.
Zainun added that these restaurants with minimal standards were ordered to close for two weeks and were given time to clean up.
“Due to their unhygienic food preparation, MBPJ will conduct three or more inspections over a six- month period for these 25.
“We have to take stern action to avoid an outbreak of diarrhoea, vomiting or water-borne diseases,” she said.
In 2011, MBPJ closed 24 restaurants as 50% were operating in unhygienic conditions while others failed to inoculate their workers and were operating without business licences.
Zainun added that health inspectors would soon be visiting restaurants in Section 52, Jalan Gasing and Section 17.