Monday, June 23, 2014

Food Hygiene

We Need to Improve Food Hygiene

Malaysia and especially Penang is well known for its diverse and delectable food worldwide. And is one of the prime reasons for tourists to visit here. However, many restaurants do not care for good hygiene practice and some are down right dirty which can lead to food poisoning and other health issues.

The best way to improve hygiene and cleanliness is to use 'Score-on-the-door' food hygiene rating for cafes, restaurants and food stalls like in many cities and countries.

In Singapore each eatery are assessed regularly and given a grade of:

A - a score of 85% or higher
B - a score of 70% to 84%
C - a score of 50% to 69%
D - a score of 40% to 49%

The score must be displayed prominently on the door or stall of each eatery. Those who score low on the grading will have to improve if they want to survive as many customers will avoid such places. There should also be a web site showing the score of each eatery. The authority should visit and regrade each every 1 or 2 months without notice to keep them on their toes. They should also be informed about good hygiene practice and ways to improve. Any place scoring below 40% should be shutted down for 1 to 2 weeks immediately and only be allowed to reopen when they improve.

This simple and easily implementable system will reduce food poisoning, improve food hygiene, and attract more tourists to visit Malaysia. It is time we do it now.

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