A tofu processing factory on Jalan Pudu Ulu in Cheras has been ordered to close down for severely violating health and safety regulations
After receiving a public tip-off, a team of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) officers raided Chong Bean Brothers to conduct a sanitation inspection on Monday, 15 June and found the premise in a disturbing state.
''It was so disgusting and I felt queasy throughout the time I was there,'' said one of the five DBKL officers tasked with the investigation, as quoted by The Star.
Upon entering the premise, they saw that the tofu was prepared on the floor and there were remains of it all over the place.
An officer swore off eating tofu after the raid
The DBKL officer said that they also found the entire factory infested with cockroaches and rat droppings.
"I could not help myself and almost threw up," he said.
According to a DBKL Facebook post, they found the floors and walls of the preparation room stained black, the toilet foul-smelling and filthy, and some staff were walking around shirtless.
"The operators were also not wearing shoes and headgear while handling the food, and the factory had never scheduled an appointment with a pest control company," continued Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan, as quoted by Berita Harian.
The factory was ordered to close immediately for 14 days under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983
"If still found dirty, a new closing notice will be issued and there's a possibility that the factory's license will be cancelled," said Nor Hisham.
The mayor urged all parties involved in food manufacturing to maintain proper hygiene and quality when creating their products.
"DBKL will always fight against manufacturers that are as dirty as this," he pledged.