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Regular monitoring at bazaars to ensure food safety - Exco

Last Update: 01/05/2019

BUTTERWORTH, May 1 (Bernama) -- The Penang Health Department will mobilise its officers to carry out regular monitoring in the Ramadan month that scheduled to start on May 6 to ensure that food sellers at the  bazaars comply with the set quality and level of cleanliness.

State Agriculture, Agro-based Industry, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said the state health department would also carry out spot checks at all Ramadan bazaars in the state.

“Usually during the fasting month we are bit weary of the safety aspect of food sold at the Ramadan bazaars. If food and drinks are not prepared properly it will cause food poisoning.

He said this in a press conference after the presentation of Ramadan contribution to 231 mosques and surau in the state amounting to RM240,000 by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, here today.

Meanwhile, commenting on whether the state government had set the operating hours for the food stalls and Ramadan bazaars during the fasting month, Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman who was also present at the press conference, said there were neither guidelines nor instructions issued on the matter.

However, he said the state government encouraged the food stall operators to start their business between 3pm and 4pm.



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