Housekeeping issues prevent restaurants from getting Grade A

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BELAIT

DESPITE having satisfactory to high health ratings, restaurants in the Belait District suffer from shortcomings in housekeeping.

This prevents them from getting high grades in cleanliness ratings from the Seria and Kuala Belait Municipal Council..

A member for food safety from the grading assessment panel noted this yesterday during an event to award grading certificatesfrom the Municipal Council under the first and third phases of the grading exercise.

“To get an A grading, your restaurant has to be immaculately clean and it has to have systems and documentations in place,” she said.

“The main issue for restaurants falling into the B and C categories is that many have standards in place but their housekeeping is lacking. For many B restaurants, documentation is in place but they need to pay attention to housekeeping. ”

Food safety constitutes for 80 per cent of the total grading points, followed by comfort (nine per cent), facilities (six per cent) and services (five per cent).

“For them to get Grade A, they have to follow the health guidelines, of which there are 11 aspects including documentation, purchase, storage, waste management such as garbage disposal and outflow of wastewater. They have to look after the environment to ensure there is no pollution of the natural environment,” she added.

Hjh Norlelawati also stressed the importance of continuous monitoring from the aspect of health.

”Grading is not a one-off exercise. We have to do routine inspections so that in the long term, we know which grade to award,” she said.

“For the actual grading activity, we conduct a first inspection at a specific time, after which restaurant operators are given a grace period of two weeks to address any outstanding issues that we find. The second and final inspection will take place after that, during which the grading is awarded.”

Concurrent to that, she reminded restaurant owners, routine inspections are conducted by the panel three times a year at the restaurant premises.

“If we find that during the routine inspections, aspects of the current grading are no longer in compliance with requirements, then we will write-in recommendation to the city council for a review and regrading.”

25 restaurants in Seria and Kuala Belait received their grading certificates yesterday. Six received Grade A scoring 91 per cent or more of the total possible, five received Grade B scoring 81 to 90 per cent and the rest Grade C, scoring 71 to 80 per cent.

Their certificates are valid for two years, expiring in May 2016. Six restaurants failed to receive the certification for failure to comply with standards.

On hand to present the certificates was Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Dato Paduka Dr Hj Effendy Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin.

The Brunei Times