A shrimp paste processing factory and a soy sauce factory in Penang were ordered to shut down for 2 weeks due to unhygienic conditions and non-compliance with food safety and quality standards during an operation conducted by the Penang Health Department.
An Environmental Health Officer from the Food Safety and Quality Division (BKKM) said the 2 factories were issued fines totalling RM10,000 (US$2,390).
The 50-year old shrimp paste factory was found to keep a stock of old shrimp paste filled with maggots in the same container as the freshly produced paste. Further checks also found that some of the shrimp paste with expiry date in 2024 had already gone bad but still kept to be sold to suppliers. The factory was also caught to be using fake Halal logo.
Meanwhile, at the soy sauce processing factory, health officers found rat droppings on the floor, as well as cobwebs inside the soybean fermentation containers.
The factory owners were instructed to carry out professional cleaning and pest control with an accredited company. The 14-day closure notice orders were issued under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983 for the 2 premises.