The Ipoh City Council (MBI) via the Environmental Health Department always ensures the safety level and quality of food sold to Ipohites.
Mayor, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud stated that the inspection of food premises is the main activity in ensuring operators comply with licensing rules including the standard operating procedure (SOP) of the National Security Council (MKN) in the endemic phase.
“Routine and scheduled inspections are carried out together with internal and external departments. From January till August 26 this year, a total of 302 compounds were issued worth RM56,550. A total of 542 warning letters and 25 show cause letters were also issued.
“If premises operator does not abide by the rules of the council, the final action is termination of licence.
“A total of 3,550 units of food premises were inspected and graded from January till July 2022. From the inspections, 744 units were grouped under category A, 2821 units under category B and 25 units under category C within the MBI area of administration,” he said after the presentation ceremony for the competition of cleanest food premises held at Persiaran Dewan Bandaraya Ipoh recently.
The contest, which involved restaurants, cafes, council food court stalls and private hawker centres, was organised by the MBI in conjunction with the World Environmental Health Day which is celebrated on September 26 every year.
A total of 4 categories were contested beginning July 15 till August 15.
The objective of the competition was to boost the cleanliness level, aesthetic value, safety and ambience of dining spots.
It was open to all restaurants and cafes with grade A certification and licensed stalls under the MBI administrative area.
The assessment criteria were based on cleanliness, ambience, creativity and safety aspects of premises. Winners were awarded with cash prizes and certificates.
The restaurant / cafe category was won by Titik Hati Sdn. Bhd. located at Lorong Cheah Cheang Lim, off Jalan Tambun with a cash prize of RM3,000.
The food court category was won by Alya Izz Afifah Binti Azmi from Stall No 8 of Medan Selera Chemor with a cash prize of RM1,000.
The non-food court category was won by Lee Swee Li from Stall No 12 of Gerai Sam Poh Tong with a cash prize of RM1,000.
Meanwhile, the private hawker centre (food) category was won by Tey Han Siang from Stall No 1 of LYJ Food Court at Bercham with a cash prize of RM1,000.
by Rosli Mansor