GEORGE TOWN, Apr 9 – The city council yesterday has ordered the 100-year-old of traditional soy sauce factory to close for two weeks after faecal matter from cats, rats and cockroaches found at the processing and storage area of the facility located in Jalan C.Y. Choy here. The state Health Department and Department of Environment slapped the closure order on the factory’s front door and ordered the operator to clean up.
The team led by MBPP’s Licensing and Public Health Standing Committee alternate chairman Ong Ah Teong conducted the raid early yesterday morning said MBPP was also fined the factory owner RM100 for not having a proper chimney to channel the firewood smoke blowing out of the factory.
“Council received complaints from residents living near the factory and tourists on smoke emitted from the premises. They claimed it led to breathing difficulties and the smoke was coming out from 6am to 11pm every day. Meanwhile, the container used for fermenting soy sauce at the factory was also deemed unsatisfactory because cockroaches could be seen slithering on the floor near the container,” Ong said.
The surprise raid yesterday was joint operated by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP), Department of Environment (DOE) and the state health department. Enforcement officers had also taken the samples at the factory to check for traces of rat droppings or cat feces.