Temporary closure of unclean hospital canteen

SHAH ALAM, 19 Aug 2017: 

The cafeteria at Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital near here has been ordered to close for 15 days from yesterday – following reports of unhygienic practices during food preparation.

Selangor Health Department director  Datuk Dr Zailan Adnan said the order was issued according to Section 11 of the Food Act 1983.

The closure notice was issued by the Klang District Health Office (PKD) at 2 pm following an inspection carried out after the 32-second video clip showing a rat feasting in a vegetable container at the cafeteria went viral on social media.

“The PKD will carry out a thorough investigation into the case.” Dr Zailan said the cafeteria may resume its operations earlier if it undertook an immediate clean-up operation and if the PKD is satisfied with the level of cleanliness in the premises.

UPDATE:

The cafeteria at Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital (HTAR) in Klang, which was ordered to close yesterday afternoon has been allowed to resume operations at 10pm on the same day.

HTAR director Dr Ding Lay Ming, when contacted, said the decision to allow the cafeteria to resume operations was made following a review of the assessment made by the Klang District Health Office (PKD) on the cleanliness of the premises which complied with the set requirements.

The Klang PKD had issued a notice for the closure of the cafeteria at 2pm yesterday following an inspection carried out after a 32-second video clip showing a rat feasting in a vegetable container at the cafeteria went viral on the social media.

Meanwhile, Selangor Health Department director  Datuk Dr Zailan Adnan said the cafeteria was allowed to resume operations after considering the welfare of the hospital staff and visitors.

However, she said the department would continue to monitor the cleanliness of hospital cafeterias and would blacklist as well as terminate the contracts of operators that were frequently issued clean-up notices.

– Bernama

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