98 restaurants were inspected in the operation dubbed “Clean Premises Integrated Operation”, which involved 81 officers. (NSTP/Selangor Health Department )

HULU SELANGOR: Thirteen restaurants in the district were ordered to close after checks by the Selangor Health Department found some of them to be infested with rat droppings and cockroaches.

State Health Department director Datuk Dr Khalid Ibrahim said the restaurants, located in Ulu Yam, Rasa and Batang Kali will be shut down for two weeks, starting last Wednesday to make way for clean up works.

He said 98 restaurants were inspected in the operation dubbed “Clean Premises Integrated Operation”, which involved 81 officers.

It was carried out by Selangor Health Department's Legal and Inspectorate Unit, Hulu Selangor Health Department and the police.

Dr Khalid said of the 13 dirty restaurants, five were found to be infested with rats, one with cockroaches while the rest failed to score more than 65 per cent in the cleanliness checklist.

He said the the closure orders were issued under Section 10 and 11 of the Food Act 1983.

When cleaned up, the restaurant owners could apply to the department for a new inspection to be conducted before they were allowed to operate.

Apart from the offences, the department also issued 113 notices to restaurant owners and workers in the district for various offences under the Food Cleanliness Regulations 2009.

They have been compounded for a total of RM60,900.

Dr Khalid said during the operations, the department also identified 59 food handlers working without food handling training certificates while another 63 have yet to be vaccinated for typhoid.

He said similar operations would be conducted throughout the state and urged the public to report to the department if they come across dirty restaurants and food outlets.