19 Aug '11, 3pm

Bazaars' food safety under spotlight in Malaysia

Bazaars' food safety under spotlight in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR : During this time of the year, Malaysians get to enjoy a wide array of local food and snacks, available only during the fasting month of Ramadan. While bazaars are popular hotspots, it is also a hotbed for all kinds of food-borne diseases. Health authorities are warning people to be extra careful. This year, one girl has already died and hundreds of others fell sick after eating contaminated food from bazaars. However, despite the spike in the number of food poisoning cases, popular Ramadan bazaars are still as busy as ever. Malaysians just cannot resist the temptation of good food, especially with so many great choices, with some only items available during the fasting month of Ramadan. For example, over a hundred varieties of local snacks are on sale everyday in makeshift stalls outside the Bangsar mosque. These traders are issued special permits during the...

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