Famous Nasi Lemak Shop In Subang Was Found Infested With Cockroaches In A Surprise Raid
"Disgusting." That's probably what comes to mind when describing some eateries in Subang Jaya which where found in the most filthy conditions recently.
Seven eateries were raided by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ)'s health department in the council's latest crackdown on errant food operators who disregarded premise cleanliness and personal hygiene. The department's deputy president Mohd Zulkarnain Che Ali led the operation.
The surprise raid was carried out following public complaints and monitoring by MPSJ.
The operation was conducted late at night, but all the seven eateries located in USJ9 and USJ10 could not escape the thorough inspection done by the enforcement officers.
The raid revealed horrifying details about the extent of the unhygienic surroundings in the premises that were inspected. One particular restaurant, a popular place for nasi lemak, was brought into public scrutiny.
Subang Jaya's free community newspaper, SJ Echo reported that the enforcement team found dozens of cockroaches scurrying around food and beverages counters and rat droppings all over the dry provisions store.
The food preparation areas were also found in the most appalling conditions, as the local authorities discovered that there were cockroach droppings at the refrigerator, the drinks preparation counter, store cabinet and cooking area.
On top of all these, the floors of the outlets were dirty and slippery.
What's even more shocking is the fact that the workers in this restaurant have also neglected their own personal hygiene
It was reported that the authorities caught the workers with long nails, while some wore rings and watches while preparing food.
As if that was not terrible enough, it was revealed that the workers had been practising bad food handling methods, including using the back lane to prepare food that is to be sold to customers.
"The operator had also failed to install a food waste trap at the sink; and they channelled all their waste direct into the drains. The operator also used the back lane to prepare their food," Mohd Zulkarnain was quoted as saying.
MPSJ also found out that seven out of the 15 foreign workers here had not had their typhoid vaccination.
MPSJ has reportedly issued a notices to the restaurant to cease operations
It was reported that two premises, including the restaurant famous for its nasi lemak, had scored less than 50% during MPSJ’s health & cleanliness checks.
They were also slapped with a compound of RM1,000 each.
According to SJ Echo, a premise will receive a compound and will get an order to close between three to 14 days to clean up if they fail to score 50% and above.
"We had no choice but to order these outlets to be shut down. The declining level of cleanliness and hygiene of eateries has become chronic because food operators choose to ignore them," Mohd Zulkarnain said.
"MPSJ wants all food outlets in the municipality to be kept clean and not contaminated. We have a responsibility to keep everyone safe from food poisoning," he added.
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