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Restaurant fined RM3,000 for selling contaminated dish

11th January, 2019

By ECA

TUARAN: A restaurant that sold a contaminated dish was fined RM3,000 in default two months’ jail by the Magistrate’s Court here.

A male worker who represented the restaurant admitted that the restaurant had sold ‘Sayur Labu Masak Santan’ (pumpkin cooked with coconut milk) which was contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms, namely Coagulase Positive Staphylococci.

The offence took place at Wisma Telipok Ria in Tuaran on July 25, 2018 at 10.15am.

Therefore, the restaurant had contravened Regulation 39(2) of the Food Regulations 1985 which is punishable under Regulation 397 (2) of the same Regulation.

The Regulation provides a fine not exceeding RM5,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.

The court heard that Environmental Health Officers went to the restaurant for food sampling purposes. The sample was then sent to the chemist for analysis which was later confirmed to have been contaminated.

During mitigation, the restaurant representative told the court that the incident was unintentional and promised to monitor their cook and workers strictly.

He said this is the restaurant’s first offence and asked for a lower fine as their business is not really good.

Meanwhile, Prosecuting Officer Kelvindiran A/L Ularkanazan urged the court to impose an appropriate sentence on the accused to ensure that the latter will not repeat the offence as well as to serve as a warning to would-be offenders.

“The sentence must serve as a reminder to all food operators in ensuring and protecting public health and hygiene,” he said.

He also added that the food contamination is likely to have occurred following improper handling food preparation and food serving process.

Those who consumed the contaminated dish might suffer food-borne illness, he said.

   
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