Restaurants in Penang Forced to Close Down Due to Pest Infestations

Georgetown, Penang — 11 food establishments were ordered to shut down after inspectors from the Penang Health Department found vector pests such as rats and cockroaches in the food preparation areas. Department Deputy Director, Nafishah Ku Ariffin said the restaurants were ordered to close down within 14 days under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983. Owner of the premises who fails to comply with hygiene and sanitary requirements is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to fine or both.

Pest infestations in the Food and Beverage establishments can lead to loss of profits, business reputation and legal consequences. Besides that, it also cost a significant amount of damage to your kitchen inventory ingredients. Rat and cockroach droppings also present harmful bacteria like Salmonella and E-coli which can be deadly to customers. According to a report by World Health Organisation (WHO), food poisoning is one of the top five most notable illnesses in Malaysia.

Business owners are advised to work with professional pest controller to implement a pest control strategy in early stages that will save you the trouble of treating a full-blown infestation and most importantly, protecting your valuable reputation. At Rentokil Pest Control, we have a team of field biologists and service technicians experienced in pest behaviour analysis, therefore can give you effective recommendations and solutions.

Sources: Bernama, Food Act 1983 and World Health Organisation

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