MIRI: The Hawkers Association of Pasar Malams Ramadanbazaar at the SaberkasCommercial Centre will not compromise with those who sell stale food or unsold food from the previousday.
Its chairman, Abdul Rahman Jawawi, said the association would have no qualms inreporting these errant tradersto Miri City Council (MCC) and Miri Health Department.
We will not hesitate in taking further action as such a matter pertains to food safety andhygiene. We did hold a meeting before the fasting month began, and we gave a strong emphasison the need for hawkers to maintain food quality, he said when contacted yesterday.
He was asked to comment on a claim by a couple who found a barbecued chicken thighthey purchased from a stall at Saberkas Ramadan bazaar on Friday to be raw inside and had a putrid smell.
Abdul Rahman said he hadread the news report that was published by thesundaypost, and he had requested the Health Department to investigate.
Meanwhile, he said on the first day of the Ramadan bazaar,the Health Department had confirm that the food and drinks sold were safe and clean for consumption.
We are working closely with Miri City Council (MCC) and the Health Department to ensure food and drinks sold at the bazaar are clean and safe at all times, especially at barbeque stalls.
He said thus far theassociation had yet to receive any complaint from those who patronise the Ramadan bazaar.
I urge those who hadbought spoilt food or drinks to alert us to enable us to take action, including getting compensation.
There are 101 hawkers whoare registered with theassociation selling all sorts of food and drinks at the Ramadan bazaar.