AMPANG JAYA: Seven stalls in Bandar Baru Ampang and a restaurant in Jalan Merdeka were issued compounds by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council for failing to keep their premises clean during an operations by council health department, lead by its assistant officer Ghazali Abdul Wahab.
"The seven stalls can be fined up to RM1,000 for the offence under the council's food handlers bylaws. They had failed to keep their kitchens clean, and there were flies and cockroaches everywhere.
"One of them was also fined under Section 47(1)(d) of the Street, Drainage And Building Act 1974 for disposing of waste directly into the drains.
"More frequent gotong-royong are needed to clean up their premises, and at the same time maintain the standards of cleanliness as stipulated by the law," he said.
Meanwhile, the restaurant, which was graded C, was found to have flouted regulations under the municipal council's food handlers' bylaws by having a dirty kitchen floor, the absence of food labels, non-working grease trap, non-compliance with the standard temperature for its chiller (between 0 Celcius and -4 Celcius) and freezer (between 0 Celcius and -18 Celcius).
"Upon inspection of the business documents, it was found that the staff have not had been given typhoid vaccine injections, which is part of the regulations," he said.
He said there are about 1,000 eateries in the municipality, and these include restaurants, food courts, stalls and canteens.
"We carry out scheduled inspections on these premises, give scores, and grade them accordingly, based on a set of standard criteria such as cleanliness, proper equipment and handling of food."
According to the council's record of inspection for the first three months of th year, 37 eateries (including one stall) were graded as A (clean); 95 as B (average); 217 as C (poor); and 28 (including 20 restaurants) rated as D (very poor).
Those who received D grade will normally receive a temporary closure notice to for the eateries to rectify their problems before another inspection is carried out. If the level of cleanliness is satisfactory, then they can resume business.