Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Bintulu food outlets compete on hygiene

CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY: Dr Un (right) hands over the championship trophy to Dr Rahim witnessed by (from left) Mohidin, Ismawi and Dr Hamli.

BINTULU: Some 180 coffee shops and restaurants are taking part in the hygienic food operators’ competition.

The competition-jointly organised by the Bintulu Development Authority (BDA), Rotary Club of Bintulu and Health Department – began last month and will end in June.

BDA general manager Mohidin Ishak, who launched the competition at ParkCity Mall on Tuesday, said food operators participating in such competitions would benefit greatly.

“By emphasising clean and hygienic food preparation, food operators will avoid facing unwanted incident like food poising,” said mohidin.

He hoped food operators here would take the initiative to further improve the cleanliness of their premises and also improve their food quality.

Mohidin said the reason behind such competitions, which were introduced in 1998, was public complaints on food hygiene in the division.

“BDA as the local authority here is hoping through this competition, if possible each and every food operator will go for a compulsory medical check-up in hospital and participate in food preparation courses,” said Mohidin.

Criteria to be considered in the three-month competition include overall premises hygiene, cleanliness of toilet, workers and food preparation.

Among those present were Rotary Club of Un Chuan Hock, Health Department officer Dr Abdul Rahim Abdullah, BDA assistant general manager (environment section) Dr Hamli Biha and Deputy Resident (social section) Ismawi Salleh.

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