Food chain ordered closed for 24 hours for sanitary code violations PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 17:07

The City Health Office (CHO) on Monday issued a temporary preventive closure on one of the known food chains in the city after it was found to have been violating the Sanitary Code.

Members of a CHO monitoring team mostly composed of sanitary inspectors started its routine but on the spot inspection of food establishments last week in which one was discovered to have facilities that were not functioning properly like the meat storage, the cooks and waiters not wearing the prescribed uniform and do not observe proper personal hygiene, said City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos.

However, after giving the food chain the 24 hours to comply with the requirements, Agbulos said, CHO, through  the recommendation of its monitoring team, lifted the preventive closure order effective yesterday morning.

“We ordered the management of the said restaurant (situated in the city proper) to carry on a general clean-up which they complied,” Agbulos said as he warned other food establishments to follow strictly the sanitary code as CHO monitoring teams will conduct surprise visit anytime of the day.

Last year, at least three restaurants were subjected to preventive closure because of similar violations.

“We are doing this for them to be able to follow strictly the standard in the operation of a food chain,” Agbulos stressed.

At present, CHO is still in the process of evaluating a verified complaint from persons who claimed that they suffered from stomach pain after eating “pancit” from a restaurant.

Another complaint that reached CHO against the said restaurant alleged that cockroaches and similar insects are very visible in the kitchen where foods are being prepared.

Preventive closure order is up for this restaurant should the clinical examination conducted on the patients would reveal that indeed, the symptom is caused by the noodles they have eaten from the restaurant.
Within 24 hours, the said food establishment is mandated to comply with the necessary health requirements otherwise, a permanent closure order will be issued, Agbulos explained.