The noodle stall at a Ramadan bazaar that went viral after a customer complained about worms in the dish has been ordered to closed for 2 weeks starting Friday (15 April), informed Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
The order was issued under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983 as the stall was found to be dirty.
According to Bernama, Dr Noor Hisham said the 2-week closure was to enable cleaning works to be carried out as well as to improve the level of food safety before the stall was allowed to reopen.
In addition, the ministry has issued a compound against one of the workers who was found to have not received his anti-typhoid shot.
Previously, a video of a customer claiming that she found worms in noodles with cuttlefish which she bought for RM30 at the Putrajaya Ramadan bazaar went viral on social media.
Following the incident, the Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) issued a warning notice under Section 30(1)(c) of the Licensing of Hawkers (Federal Territory of Putrajaya) By-Laws 2016 to the trader involved.
Dr Noor Hisham also revealed another case where a stall operator that runs an eatery in Cyberjaya stores raw ingredients and cooked ones together before being taken to the bazaar.
He said the Health Ministry would conduct an inspection to obtain further information on food safety at the premises.
Meanwhile, on the alleged discovery of a clump of hair in a batch of “kuih limas” sold in Teluk Intan, Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry had opened an investigation paper on the food producer under the Food Act 1983.
In the meantime, a sample of the kuih limas will be sent for analysis, said Perak Health, Science, Environment and Technology Committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamarudin.
Dr Noor Hisham said a total of 4,362 Ramadan bazaar stalls nationwide have been inspected so far and 77 compounds totalling RM38,500 were issued while 178 food samples were collected for analysis.
He then advised the public to only buy food from stalls that emphasize cleanliness.
He also warned trader who fails to comply with the requirements of the Food Act 1983 and its regulations could be fined not more than RM100,000 or jailed for not more than 10 years, or both.