General — 22 December 2011 — by Daniel Ortiz
Amandala has been reliably informed by doctors and nurses working for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHI) that there has been a recent spike in instances of food poisoning in the city.
The Public Health Department’s investigations led it down to the Isaray Bakery, Restaurant and Bar, located on Mahogany Street.
The Department’s inspectors arrived around midday today, but when they descended upon the establishment and its unsuspecting owners, they were met with resistance by the Chinese owners.
As soon as they recognized that it was the Health Department that had arrived, the Chinese proprietors immediately locked the establishment’s doors, windows, and the metal gate at the premises. They refused to allow the inspectors into the establishment, so the police had to be brought in.
The officers reportedly had to break a few locks to get in.
When the health inspectors were finally able to make an inspection, however, it became clear that the establishment had to be closed down, because it was woefully negligent in the maintenance of proper sanitation standards.
We were able to view some of the confiscated material, which included moldy bread, rat-bitten pastries, improperly-stored baked goods, and other obviously spoilt perishables from the bakery. These items were still on stalls to be sold to the general public, even though they were not fit for consumption.
The inspectors have since confiscated all the spoilt baked products, several sacks of flour, and all the bakery utensils.
It is expected that they will be fined for the violations, and their license to sell food may not be given back to them.
A resident told us that Isaray has been violating the health statutes for some time now. He also added that he is happy that something is being done to protect the community from the health hazards to which the establishment owners have been exposing them.