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Are We Ready to Dine Out in Time of COVID19?

The opinion piece written by Dr Wendy Lim Pek Kui, Senior Lecturer from School of Food Studies and Gastronomy, on the food safety issues was published on the AseanPost as well as Malaysian Insight recently.

Recently a Kedah restaurant operator who flouted the mandatory home quarantine rule after returning from India tested positive for Covid-19 on 28th July 2020, resulting in the Sivaganga cluster, involving his restaurant employees and patrons.

Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, Health Director General mentioned that the Kedah cluster has a faster rate of transmission compared with nine other clusters in other states, possibly due to a 'super-spreader' strain of the COVID-19 virus. This begs the question; how safe is it for us to dine out? How can we protect ourselves, not just as consumers but also as food handlers and operators?

Taylor's University is at the forefront in educating its staffs, students and public on mitigating COVID-19 risks through varies campaign and activities.


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