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Dirty factories closed down



IPOH --- Rat droppings were found at the processing and storage area of a soy sauce factory in Taman Rishah here during a Health Department operation.

The factory and a tamarind paste factory nearby in First Garden were ordered to close down for two weeks due to unhygienic conditions.

Department officers had taken samples at the tamarind factory to check for traces of rat urine or droppings.

The containers used for fermenting soy sauce and tamarind at both factories were also unsatisfactory as they were left exposed.

The team led by state Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon conducted spot checks on the two factories yesterday under Ops Hou (Operation Monkey) in conjunction with Chinese New Year.

Insects were seen floating on the soy sauce left for the fermentation process.

At the tamarind factory, shreds of newspapers, strings and plastic were found inside the storage containers.

Dr Mah said rodents could be roaming at the storage area of the tamarind factory and checks would be carried out for confirmation.

“The workers at this factory failed to adhere to the health guidelines as they were not wearing aprons and their heads were not covered.

“The owner also needs to improve the lighting system as the area was poorly lit,” he told reporters at the site.

The factories were ordered to close down until Feb 12 under the Food Act 1983.

After two weeks, officers would inspect the factories again. If the owners have complied with the rules and regulations they would be allowed to resume business, otherwise the closure would be extended.

State Health Department director Datuk Dr Juita Ghazalie said the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry issued a compound of RM1,000 each to the factory owners for non-compliance of weighing scales.

The Ipoh City Council also issued a RM250 compound and warning letter to them.

Dr Juita said the Perak Islamic Religious Department had also revoked the tamarind factory’s halal certificate.

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Dirty factories closed down Reviewed by Unknown on Saturday, January 30, 2016 Rating: 5 IPOH --- Rat droppings were found at the processing and storage area of a soy sauce factory in Taman Rishah here during a Health Departme...


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