– by Peter Sibon
KUCHING, Oct 11: A cake house along Jalan Tun Jugah was closed down by the Ministry of Health (MoH) in collaboration with Kuching South City Council (MBKS) after ‘something alien’ was found in their food items.
MBKS mayor Dato James Chan told DayakDaily that MoH and MBKS would act swiftly on such food premises when hygiene is compromised.
“We have to be strict and will not compromise with safety as far as food is concerned. Our top priority is to ensure all food outlets are clean and hygienic as we want to ensure Kuching will remain a food paradise in this part of the world,” he said.
Chan assured members of the public that his office and MoH would not hesitate to close any food premises that do not comply with the standards of hygiene set by MoH and the council.
“We have a standard operation procedure (SOP) that is fair to everyone. We don’t simply want to jeopardise peoples’ business unless it warrants it,” he explained.
Chan said MBKS wanted to emulate the high standard of food outlets in developed countries like New Zealand and Australia.
“That’s the only way for us to move forward,” he said.
Meanwhile, when asked whether the cake house could be re-opened anytime soon if they comply with the set standards by both MoH and MBKS, Chan said it was certainly possible. — DayakDaily