BEAUFORT: Tourism-based business owners in the state who provide catering services for tourists are urged to ensure their employees to have food handling certificate from the Ministry of Health Malaysia (KKM).
Sabah Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Kamarlin Ombi, said that it is important because besides from maintaining food hygiene standard, it will also prevent any unwanted incidents such as food poisoning.
According to him, all employees are required to attend food handling courses, and getting a medical check-up from qualified medical officers as well as receiving anti-Typhoid (TY2) inoculation to qualify them for KKM certificate.
“Even when there are no complaints so far regarding on food cleanliness, it is better if we do early preparation to avoid any unwanted incidents like food poisoning among foreign tourists.
“All tourism-based business owners need to take this matter seriously because food cleanliness is an important factor in the state tourism sector,” he said when met at SK Lupak Excellence Awards Presentation Ceremony, here today.
Kamarlin also asks for Sabah Ministry of Health to do regulated inspection on food hygiene aspect at every tourism-based premises in the state.
Enforcement implemented through spot-check to employees will help ensure that they have food handling certificate from KKM, he added.
He explained that the initiative can ensure every tourism-based business owners to follow the regulation, and to help maintain hygiene level and food quality. – SayangSabah