The Maldives Food and Drug Authority (MFDA) has shut down a number of well-known Male’ restaurants and tea shops for hygiene breaches.
One famous tea shop on Majeedhee Magu, ‘Faseyha Point’, was closed after inspectors found a live goat tied up inside the teashop’s toilet.
MFDA said the tea shop’s hygiene condition was very poor.
Well known restaurants West Park and Raaveriya in Maafannu have also been closed in the MFDA’s hygiene crackdown, after both failed to meet the authority’s standards.
Media Coordinator of MFDA Jameela Mohamed told Minivan News that the authority shut down West Park because cats were roaming around in the service area.
‘’The restaurant’s kitchen door is always open and cats will enter the kitchen,’’ she said.
Jameela said the Raaveriya restaurant had house flies in the kitchen and lizards in their storeroom.
‘’So far we have checked 82 places and eight have been shutdown,’’ Jameela said.
Both Raaveriya Restaurant and West Park are often used as caters for celebrating wedding parties, birthdays and other such events.
Manager of West Park, Abdulla Gadhir, told newspaper Haveeru that cats do not enter the kitchen area of the restaurant.
He told the paper that there were two cats that lived in the fishing area right next to the restaurant.
Manager of Raaveriya, Ahmed Shareef told the paper that the restaurant sprayed insecticide weekly to terminate houseflies and other insects.
Director General of MFDA Shareefa Adam recently told Minivan News that any premises that were shut down could reapply to open again once they had corrected issues raised with their business.
Shareefa said the MFDA were using “basic” minimum hygiene standards such as cleanliness and preventing foreign materials from getting into food when inspecting the food outlets.