KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 – The Ministy of Health (MOH) has issued three notices of offence against Raj’s Banana Leaf Restaurant after a video clip showing its staff washing dishes in a puddle of murky water behind the premises went viral yesterday. Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry, through its Food Safety and Quality Division, with cooperation from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had carried out inspections on the restaurant earlier today.
“The ministry views seriously the matter and had issued three notices of offence under the Food Act 1983, namely for failing to get anti-typhoid jabs and attend training for food handlers, failing to register the restaurant with the MOH, and failing to maintain the premises and keep it free from pests,” he said in a statement here. He also said the ministry had always carried out routine inspections of food premises.
“From 2016 to date, a total of 289,919 food premises had been inspected nationwide, 5,587 or two per cent of which, including restaurants and food stalls, were found unhygienic and ordered to close under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983. Besides, 40,288 compounds were also issued to owners of food premises who violated the provisions under the Food Hygiene Regulations 2009,” he said.
Noor Hisham said the MOH would also continue monitoring and collaborating with the local authorities in carrying out inspections of food premises to ensure food safety and hygiene. “The ministry is always concerned about things that can threaten consumers’ health and would like to advise the public not to dine in unhygienic food premises,” he said.
Consumers with enquiries about food safety issues can contact the State Health Department or the nearest health offices, or the MOH via its website at http://moh.spab.gov.my, or the Food Safety and Quality Division’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bkkmhq for further information. Earlier today, the DBKL had also issued an immediate closure notice against the restaurant. — Bernama