Eatery in Liang shut down over hygiene

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THE Enforcement Section of the Belait District Office ordered the temporary closure of an eatery in Mukim Liang for failing to meet health and safety standards.

The district office announced the shutdown in a statement but did not name the eatery.

The order was given recently after an operation into the surrounding area found the shop failing to meet cleanliness standards, with several offences on how food was prepared and stored also recorded.

The district office said yesterday the outlet would remain closed until it is fully cleaned and alterations made to food storage and preparation.

The safety of food storage was especially highlighted; managers were advised to separate food products when keeping them, especially dairy, to avoid contamination and possibly food poisoning.

The operation, which inspected three eateries, also took a close look at the cleanliness of cooking utensils as well as kitchen and dining areas, in line with regulations under the New Procedures Business Licence Act, Chapter 127, which came into effect on January 1 this year.

Inspectors advised business owners to always communicate with the Department of Health regarding cleanliness and safety standards.

A restaurant in Liang was also shut down in September under similar circumstances.

The district office said it would continue to monitor food establishments under its jurisdiction from time to time to deter any violations, and ensure that public safety remains a priority.

Members of the public with any complaints contact hotline at 3334335, extension 404.

The Brunei Times