Cockroaches are found all over the world and are among the hardiest insects on the planet, with some species capable of remaining active for a month without food, or being able to survive on limited resources like the glue from the back of postage stamps. Some can go without air for 45 minutes or slow down their heart rate. Cockroaches leave chemical trails in their faeces as well as emit airborne pheromones for swarming and mating. Other cockroaches will follow these trails to discover sources of food and water, and also discover where other cockroaches are hiding.The Threat:
The threat of cockroaches is twofold. First, they carry many pathogens that can cause serious illness in humans. It is believed that they can spread including salmonella, gastroenteritis, and can also cause allergies to humans. Second, the perception of cockroach infestations can seriously damage a business’ reputation. If a customer sees one in your establishment, it will probably mean losing that customer – and maybe more, especially since customers often tell others about negative experiences.
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Closure Order For Eateries Infested With Cockroaches
TWO restaurants in Bazaar@8in Precinct 8, Putrajaya, were ordered to shut down by Putrajaya Corporation (Ppj) after cockroaches were found at the premises.
Checks by 20 officers from various departments were done on four restaurants in the area, but these particular two breached serious health and cleanliness guidelines as the cockroaches were found on boxes of food supplies.
A container of drinking water in one of the restaurants was infested with cockroaches, too.
Some of the restaurants’ staff were caught red-handed for placing raw food on the floor and in the toilet. This was the fourth joint operation on unhygienic eateries in Putrajaya.
“We do scheduled checks on these restaurants to ensure they meet hygiene requirements,” he said.
The two restaurants were given 14 days to clean up their premises.
“If the cleanliness is still unsatisfactory, we will extend the closure or consider legal action against them,” Hasim said, adding that the food operators had to show their premises met the required guidelines and were fit to operate.
To-date, Ppj inspected 453 licensed eateries where 283 of them were graded “A” for hygiene while 156 were graded “B”.
This year, 75 compounds and 60 warning notices were issued to dirty eateries while 16 were closed due to health and cleanliness violations.
Last year, Ppj closed eight restaurants.
Hasim said the increase was due to more frequent checks.
Hasim added that all food operators would be required to obtain a halal certificate to operate in Putrajaya starting next year.
“New applicants will have to obtain the certificate while existing ones will have to renew their halal certificate.
“We will meet with all food operators in Putrajaya in the first half of next year,” he said.
source from: The Star Online
Health Ministry To Monitor Insect-infested Dates
PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry is monitoring the issue of insect-infested dates, after photos of dates contaminated with cockroaches and beetles went viral.
“The Health Ministry views this issue seriously and will monitor dates being sold in local markets to ensure they are safe for consumption,” said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement on Saturday.
The Ministry also advised consumers and the public to exercise their purchasing power to ensure their food products are clean and safe.
“Consumers are also advised to read the label and use their sight, smell and taste to avoid eating foods that have been damaged or contaminated,” said Dr Noor Hisham, who also wished Muslims a good fasting month.Consumers who have any food safety concerns can call the state health department or the nearest district health office.
Those who wish to lodge complaints related to food safety and hygiene can also contact the Ministry through their website or Facebook page.
source from: The Star Online