Ratted out: Aeon 1Utama's grocery to reopen early if health inspection passed

HASHINI KAVISHTRI KANNAN


PUTRAJAYA: Aeon 1Utama, Bandar Utama, will get the green light to reopen its grocery section early if it passes a Health Ministry inspection for cleanliness, said its director-general, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The grocery section of the store was ordered close for 14 days since March 31 after a rat was discovered on a shelf of food items on its premises.

A video clip of the large rat, seemingly resting amidst packages of food, went viral on social media last week.

“The store can reopen for business earlier if health authorities find its cleanliness level satisfactory,” Noor Hisham said in a statement today.

On a general note, the ministry said it had conducted 635,439 routine inspections on food premises in the country, from 2012 to 2016.

“Of the total, 15,731 premises were ordered shut under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983, for various reasons, including the presence of rodents.

“Furthermore, during the period of July 2013 to 2016, 24,266 compounds were issued to food operators who failed to comply with food hygiene requirements," he added.

Noor Hisham said the ministry views the issue of food security and hygiene seriously.

"Members of the public can contact their state health departments or offices if they have any complaints on food hygiene and food security in their area.

"Alternatively, they can email the ministry via its website, http://moh.spab.gov.my, or contact its food safety and quality division through its Facebook page," Noor Hisham added.