Belait eateries score well for cleanliness

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EIGHTY per cent of eateries graded for cleanliness by the Kuala Belait and Seria Municipal board since 2010 achieved grades between A and C, said a deputy permanent secretary from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA).

Hj Md Sunadi Hj Buntar said yesterday that out of of the 302 eateries from Kuala Belait and Seria inspected by the Municipal Board since the grading system was introduced in 2010, 242 have received certificates acknowledging their cleanliness to be of a “good” standard and above.

“We hope that the grading certificates awarded carries significant value to the restaurant managers – and lead to them maintaining or improving their cleanliness standards to draw customers to their outlets,” said Hj Md Sunadi at the certificate presentation for 26 eateries under this year's second phase of grading.

He also said that municipal authorities, in partnership with staff from the health office in Belait, would continue to monitor cleanliness of eateries under their jurisdiction, in the interest of the public's health and safety.

“Those found not meeting standards, will be ordered to shut down temporarily. With continuous monitoring, awareness and care (from eateries) we will be able to prevent the spread of illnesses to the public,” he said.

Six of the 26 eateries under the second phase received grade A, 12 recorded grade B and seven scored C.

Four outlets who recorded A grades for six consecutive years were also presented with a special “star” award for their outstanding hygiene. Each cleanliness grade is valid for two years.

The Seria branches of Kaizen, Jolibee and Fratini's received the award, along with Fratini's branch in Kuala Belait.

Fratini KB Manager Rutchel G. Silverio said that outside overall cleanliness of the outlet itself, the personal hygiene of chefs was paid particular focus by the authorities.

“They have to wear hair nets, nails have to be trimmed and they must be clean shaved. Their cooking attire also has to be freshly washed (not used),” she said.

“Aside from making sure the restaurant is clean, we also listen to what their feedback is (during inspections) and make sure it's implemented,” she said.

Also receiving grade A yesterday were Pizza Hut (KB and Seria), Serikandi and Excapade in Seria.

The Brunei Times