ALOR GAJAH – The Melaka Health Department (JKN) has issued a total of 30 compounds thus far, for various offences during “Ops Ramadan’ which started on the first day of Ramadan.
Its director, Datuk Dr Ghazali Othman said the compounds were issued for various offences against traders at Ramadan bazaars who failed to comply with the Food Act 1983 and Food Regulations 1985 and Food Hygiene Regulations 2009.
“The operation is ongoing throughout Ramadan to ensure that the food on sale are clean and safe for consumption and this is to avoid the issue of food contamination from occurring.
“Thus far, a total of 46 Ramadan bazaars involving 1,769 food premises were inspected, including 34 restaurants and hotels that offer Ramadan buffets, as well as 15 premises of suppliers of raw materials and six ice factories,” he told reporters after conducting ‘Ops Ramadan’ at the Masjid Tanah Ramadan bazaar here last night.
He said the overall level of cleanliness at bazaars in the state was at a satisfactory level except for one ice factory in Central Melaka that had been ordered to stop operation for 14 days for failing to meet hygiene standards.
He called on all operators to prioritise food hygiene and safety when selling food for the breaking of fast to the public.