SUBANG JAYA: Responding to the article on dirty food courts in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya and Klang highlighted by Streets recently, Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) said it had issued 13 compounds to food operators at Asia Cafe Food Court, in SS15 Subang Jaya during an operation last year.
The popular food court has 55 food kiosks. During an inspection between 8pm and 10pm on Dec 19, 20 kiosks were categorised as grade A, 29 kiosks were graded B and six kiosks fell into the C grade. However there were no food kiosks which fell into the D grade category.
According to the council, a follow up inspection was also conducted on Feb 9 on the food court with its conditions reported as satisfactory.
The council, read the statement, has set several policies for food courts with over one third of its stalls graded D.
This includes sealing the entire food court operations for a minimum of three days. Food sellers will be required to attend a food handling workshop by any organisation registered under the Ministry of Health.
Compounds will also be issued, based on the local bylaws, for failure to adhere to the council's food handling rules and regulations.
On Feb 1, the council had a meeting with the food operators to explain their responsibilities and the guidelines which they needed to follow.
The council's public relations assistant director Azfarizal Mohd Rashid said the council often holds talks with the food handlers to remind them of the dos and don'ts.
"The turnover of food handlers in most food courts is high. So we need to keep reminding them of what they can do to improve their services," he said.
This month, the council also intends to hold a meeting with the franchise-based food operators.