Scores of foreign workers not getting jabs, skipping food handlers' training

MELISSA DARLYNE CHOW


KUALA LUMPUR: The first three months of the year has seen scores of foreign workers at food establishments failing to get anti-typhoid jabs and attend training for food handlers.


Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahya said of 4,830 foreign workers inspected, 905 (18.7 per cent) did not get the jabs, while 1,145 (23.7 per cent) did not attend the training, both of which are provided for under the Food Hygiene Regulations 2009, the Food Act 1983.


“A total of 309 compounds were issued to operators of food premises who failed to ensure their food handlers, including their foreign workers, get the jabs and attend the training,” he said in reply to a question by Senator Datuk Jamilah Sulaiman in the Dewan Negara today.


Dr Hilmi also told the upper house that in 2015, the ministry had inspected 124,254 food premises, with 2,422 (1.9 per cent) ordered shut, while last year saw 131,165 inspected, with 2,703 (2.1 per cent) ordered shut.


“A total of 8,201 compounds were issued in 2015 to food handlers or food operators who failed to comply with the Food Hygiene Regulations.


“In 2016, 12,770 compounds were issued.” he added.