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Penang’s Famous Transfer Road Roti Canai Stall Ordered To Close Due To Hygiene Issues

Gross.

Due to poor cleanliness, the well-known roti canai vendor at Jalan Transfer has been ordered to close for two weeks.

Closed for two weeks

Roti Canai Transfer Road is arguably one of the most famous roti canai stalls in Georgetown, Penang.

Penang's famous transfer road roti canai stall ordered to close due to hygiene issues
Photo via Sun Daily

Tourists and locals alike flock from all over to taste the store’s flaky flatbreads.

However, yesterday on the 2nd of January 2023 at 11am, health officials from the north-east district Food Safety and Quality Department inspected the roadside eatery.

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Penang's famous transfer road roti canai stall ordered to close due to hygiene issues
Screengrab via Twitter/Harian Metro

They reportedly discovered stall workers who had never attended any food-handling training and detected fecal matter on chicken eggs being used at the stall.

Penang's famous transfer road roti canai stall ordered to close due to hygiene issues
Screengrab via Twitter/Harian Metro

Therefore in accordance with Section 11 of the Food Act of 1983, a closure notice was immediately issued and will be in place until January 16 (two weeks).

The stall owner was also fined RM 500 for failing to make sure that his employees attended the required classes.

Penang's famous transfer road roti canai stall ordered to close due to hygiene issues
Screengrab via Twitter/Harian Metro

A neighboring beverages vendor also received a RM 500 fine for cross-contamination discovered in its ice storage unit.

Undisturbed by (lack of) cleanliness

It seemed as if the customers at the stall at the time the inspection was being conducted were undisturbed by the stall’s cleanliness state, even after their unhygienic practices were brought to light.

Many people could be seen still queueing up to place their order, as the time was nearing the usual lunch hour rush.

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Penang's famous transfer road roti canai stall ordered to close due to hygiene issues
Screengrab via Twitter/Harian Metro

Those dining in also remained unconcerned by the presence of the eight health officials and PKKM officers.

Penang's famous transfer road roti canai stall ordered to close due to hygiene issues
Screengrab via Twitter/Harian Metro

The owner of the roadside stall, Shahjahan Abdul Hamid, confessed to being irresponsible in keeping his stall’s hygiene and apologized to the public and his customers.

Penang's famous transfer road roti canai stall ordered to close due to hygiene issues
Screengrab via Twitter/Harian Metro

“What the heck?”

In the comments section, netizens were mystified and shocked by how there were still customers willing to eat the stall’s food even after discovering the stall’s unhygienic practices.

Penang's famous transfer road roti canai stall ordered to close due to hygiene issues
Screengrab via Twitter/Harian Metro
Penang's famous transfer road roti canai stall ordered to close due to hygiene issues
Screengrab via Twitter/Harian Metro

Many added on that they were aware of this issue for some time now, too.

Penang's famous transfer road roti canai stall ordered to close due to hygiene issues
Screengrab via Twitter/Harian Metro
Penang's famous transfer road roti canai stall ordered to close due to hygiene issues
Screengrab via Twitter/Harian Metro

Watch the video of the inspection here.