37 malatang restaurants fail health inspections in June: ministry

By Kim Arin

Published : Jul 22, 2019 - 15:14
Updated : Jul 22, 2019 - 17:54

Thirty-seven restaurants specializing in malatang, a type of Chinese street food, failed health inspections in June, the Food and Drug Safety Ministry said Monday.

The ministry conducted health inspections at 63 malatang restaurants from June 3 to July 5 and found 37 to be in violation of the food sanitation law.


Cooking equipment with black residue, old grease at a malatang restaurant (Food Safety Ministry)


Of the inspected food-service establishments, six were not registered as businesses, 13 used ingredients of unidentified origins and 10 failed to meet food hygiene standards.

Other violations included distributing ingredients, such as seasoning, sauce and tofu, without expiration dates, providing false specifications for food products and keeping kitchen and cooking equipment in unsanitary conditions.

The ministry said administrative measures will be taken against the restaurants that failed the inspections.

Food safety violations can be reported via the national hotline 1399.


Cooking equipment with black residue, old grease at a malatang restaurant (Food Safety Ministry)

Unwashed sink, walls inside kitchen at a malatang restaurant (Food Safety Ministry)

A back room at a Malatang restaurant that was found to be in violation of food sanitation regulations (Food Safety Ministry)


By Kim Arin (arin@heraldcorp.com)


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