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Observe food hygiene, traders told

MBAS / CHEFMANSHIP AKADEMI

ALOR STAR: COMPLY with cleanliness and hygiene regulations or face the music.

That was the message by Alor Star City Council to Ramadan bazaar traders who fail to maintain cleanliness while preparing food and beverages.

Mayor Datuk Mat Noh Ahmad said the council would crack down on traders who failed to observe cleanliness of their stalls.

“Traders must give priority to cleanliness and hygiene to avoid serving contaminated food and drinks to consumers.

“Inspections will be conducted during the fasting month to ensure that the traders comply with the hygiene and cleanliness regulations,” he said.

Mat Noh said errant traders could be slapped with a RM100 compound.

The council had approved 1,217 Ramadan bazaar lots in 15 areas in the city.

The bazaars are located in Peremba, Simpang Empat, Kuala Sungai, Stadium, Taman Wira, Simpang Kuala, Pantai Johor, Taman Nuri, Tandop and Taman Mergong Jaya, Kuala Kedah and Darulaman food court.

Apart from physical cleanliness, Mat Noh said the traders were also required to get typhoid vaccinations.

“It is the responsibility of all traders to adhere to proper hygiene when dealing with food,” he said after launching the Unilever Foods Solutions (UFS) partnership with MBAS’s inaugural Chefmanship Academy programme at Urban Transformation Centre here recently.

The programme which offers hands-on learning experience covers more than 100 topics including personal hygiene, safe food handling, menu planning and efficient cost management, among others.

UFS managing director Matt Wilke said the Chefmanship Academy aimed to offer an innovative food hygiene training for the participants.

He said as one of the world’s leading food service brands, UFS would work closely with food operators to ensure food hygiene.

“Besides enhancing consumer awareness, our aim is to encourage food operators to adopt proper hygiene practices when preparing food,” he added.

It was reported that in 2012, 970 food samples were collected from 12 Ramadan bazaars in the country out of which 407 were found to be contaminated.

-NST

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