Rat spotted near food at hospital canteen

Written by: mottaman | 07 Feb 2019 13:07
Picture from NST
Written by:
07 Feb 2019 13:07

Seeing a rat running around food trays is certainly not something acceptable - what more when it is at a hospital canteen!

Well, this is what patrons at the Sultan Ismail Hospital canteen in Johor Bahru spotted recently.

Following complaints, the canteen was ordered to close for two weeks.

Checks by the health authorities found that the operators had failed to comply with standards under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983.

Johor Health Department (JHD) director Dr Selahuddeen Abd Aziz said the Johor Bahru district health office inspected the SIH canteen following complaints over a viral picture of a rat at the canteen, although the location of the canteen and the time the picture was taken could not be determined.

“The order to close SIH was issued to enable a thorough cleaning work to be done. The canteen will only be allowed to reopen when the required level of hygiene and the stipulated conditions are met,” he said in a statement.

Dr Selahuddeen said JHD and SIH were concerned with food hygiene and safety issues and consumers could contact the nearest JHD or district health office if there were any complaints regarding cleanliness and food security.

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