LAST_UPDATETue, 19 Jun 2018 10pm

KL City Hall Begins Food Safety Exercise At Ramadan Bazaars

KUALA LUMPUR - Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) today started its Food Safety Operation 2018 at all Ramadan bazaars around the capital to ensure that all food sold meet its standards, especially in terms of hygiene.

DBKL Mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said enforcement operations on food sampling and stall sanitation, were seen as an effective measure in giving reminders to the hawkers to be more alert and to have the  highest level of cleanliness

"In 2017, a total of 3,643 Ramadan bazaar stalls were inspected covering 109 sites. Of the 674 food samples taken, 244 samples or 36.2 per cent were found to be contaminated.

"A total of 86 compound notifications were issued to the hawkers involved and they were blacklisted by the Hawkers Licensing and Development Department," he said at the operation’s launch at Tapak Arca, Taman Tasik Permaisuri, Bandar Tun Razak today.

His speech was read by DBKL Executive Director (Management), Datuk Mustafa Mohd Nor.

He said among the hygiene standards set by its Food Safety Unit of the Department of Health and Environment was a requirement that hawkers get an anti-typhoid injection, wear  a hat, apron and gloves.  They were also required to use tongs when serving food.

"The ultimate goal is to make sure the food sold is clean and safe to eat," ​​he said.