Belait retail store closed for failure to meet cleanliness standards

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BELAIT

A RETAIL store in Belait was shut down yesterday after failing to meet cleanliness standards.

The Licensing and Enforcement Section of the Belait District Office, joined by personnel from the Department of Health Services, ordered the temporary closure yesterday, giving the business owner a week to clean the store's premise.

Another inspection will be made at the end of the week to see if the store is fit to reopen.

Three other retail stores were also inspected as part of yesterday’s operation.

According to the District Office, a main health and safety concern is how and where food and beverage products are stored.

“Improper storage methods can tarnish the quality of the product itself, as well as other products kept nearby, especially when the products contain dairy,” read a statement issued by the District Office yesterday.

Yesterday's operation also took a close look at cleanliness in the area surrounding the retail shops, in line with the New Procedures Business License Act, Chapter 127, which came into effect on January 1 this year.

Business owners were also advised by inspecting officers to always communicate with the Department of Health on any clarifications or information needed on cleanliness and safety standards.

The District Office added that they would continue to monitor retail stores under their jurisdiction from time to time to deter any violations, including improper disposal of rubbish.

Members of the public with any complaints can reach out to the enforcement’s hotline at 3334335, extension 404.

The Brunei Times