Food premise owners asked to improve cleanliness


SHAH ALAM, JUL 16: The Health Department in all 12 local authorities was advised to monitor and ensure that owners of food premises carry out thorough cleaning to get rid of pests, especially cockroaches.

State Health, Welfare, Women and Family Development Committee Chairman Dr Daroyah Alwi said that insects such as cockroaches are dangerous and pose risks to health.

“Even a single cockroach can cause critical health problems which can lead to various diseases.

“Early this year, all local authorities were directed to seriously look into the level of cleanliness following consumer complaints of cockroaches at food premises,” she was quoted by The Star.

Cockroaches are dangerous as they carry bacteria that contaminate food, kitchen equipment and tabletops.

In addition, she said, stall owners at food courts were also instructed to temporarily remove all cooking equipment to facilitate thorough washing of the kitchen areas.

“Saliva from cockroaches can induce allergic reactions which may trigger skin rashes, irritation of the nose and eyes.

“When inhaled, bacteria from cockroaches can also trigger asthma attacks,” she said.

Dr Daroyah also advised owners not to serve exposed food and food left overnight to consumers, and to always ensure the kitchen is clean before it is closed for the day.

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