Hypermarket In Labuan Compounded For Unsafe Goods

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LABUAN: An errant hypermarket was slapped a compound today after several dented, expired and damaged goods were found stay on its shelves.

In a spot check by Labuan Health Department in collaboration with Labuan Corporation’s Licensing Department found a row of products like flour (tepung cucurfor were found damaged by suspected rats.

Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari who led the operation said the hypermarket had been issued with several reminders and notices for violating safe food-handling and storage practices.

“They repeated the same offences, but this time around, they made a big mistake to have mishandled goods that were exposed to insects or probably rats,” he said at a press conference after the spot check at the Financial Park Complex here today.

The hypermarket was compounded of RM2, 500 under Section 11 and 16 of the Food Act 1983 and Food Regulation 1985.

At least four premises in downtown and in the outskirt of town were checked today.

“My officers also found dented and expired being sold in the hypermarket, when food has not been handled safely, as when canned foods are badly dented or damaged by rough handling, bacteria may grow that can cause illness,” he said.