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Hawkers Who Use Nails Or Staples To Secure Food Packaging Can Get Fined Up To RM10,000 Or Jailed

According to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, food traders who use nails, staples, or other dangerous materials to secure food packaging can be fined up to RM10,000 or jailed up to 2 years. The Health DG also said that a heavier punishment could be imposed if the dangerous material is found in the food.

"[The regulation] states that any person who prepares or sells any food that has in or upon it any substance which is injurious to health commits an offence and shall be liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding RM100,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or both," he said.

The MOH took note of a recent post on Facebook about a young kid allegedly ingesting a nail that was used to secure a pack of rice. The Public Health Malaysia Facebook page claimed that the kid was rushed to a hospital after accidentally swallowing a nail and experienced immense pain.

"An X-ray found that the nail had reached his stomach and emergency surgery was done to remove the nail. This is an example of an unwanted accident that could happen if a foreign object is found in our food," read the post.

Noor Hisham also added that the ministry's Food Safety and Quality Division found 19 out of 546 food samples collected from 2019 to 2021 were contaminated with materials like stones, plastic, sand, hair, insects, and worms.

Have you ever found any physical materials in your food?


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