The Ndola City Council has with immediate effect closed down seven premises in the city for keeping food in unhygienic conditions.
The seven premises that were closed are five restaurants and two butcheries.
Ndola City Council Public Relations Manager Rebecca Mushota has disclosed that five restaurants have been closed for conducting their business in unsanitary conditions while the two butcheries were closed for operating below the public health standards.
She said the restaurants and butcheries that were shut will only be reopened once owners pay fines and put in measures to improve the sanitary conditions of their premises.
Ms. Mushota said the Council, through the Public Health Department has intensified food
safety inspections of various premises to check on compliance to various laws and standards.
She said this is aimed at ensuring that food sold to the public is safe.
“Last week, 50 premises including shops, restaurants and butcheries were inspected in the town centre, at Peter Singongo and Hillcrest markets. The food safety inspections are on-going and would cover all parts of Ndola,” Ms. Mushota stated.
She said it is unfortunate some businesses only clean their premises when applying for trading permits in order to get favourable reviews from the Council and relax the cleaning standards soon after.
Ms. Mushota has cautioned all businesses against compromising the standards of cleanliness and added that the Council will not relent in inspecting all premises in order to sustain public health.
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