MOH food premise registration. Food premises operating in Malaysia are required to be registered with the Ministry of Health. According to Food Act 1983, a food premise means premises used for or in connection with the preparation, preservation, packaging, storage, conveyance, distribution, or sale of any food, or the relabelling, reprocessing, or reconditioning of any food. Premises that are required to be registered are listed in the First Schedule of Food Hygiene Regulations 2009 (FHR 2009).
4 types of premises that are listed in the First Schedule are as follow:
P1 – All food premises involved in manufacturing of food.
Examples of premises that are involved in the manufacturing of food are rice mills, bakeries, canned food processors and etc.
P2 – All food premises involved in catering or mass catering of food.
Examples of premises that are involved in catering and mass catering of food are school hostel kitchen, hospital kitchen, hotel or resort kitchen, college or institutional kitchen, etc.
P3 – All premises where food is prepared, processed, stored, or served for sale.
Examples of premises where food is prepared, processed, stored, or served for sale are eateries, cafes, restaurants, canteen, food stalls, hawkers, etc.
P4 – All vehicles from which ready-to-eat food is sold
Examples of vehicles from which ready-to-eat food is sold are food trucks, bicycle food peddlers, van food hawkers, etc.
Registration can be done by food business operators on their own at Food Safety Information System of Malaysia website. Premise registration certificate can be printed out once the registration is completed. The certificate is valid for three (3) years from the date of issuance. Application for renewal can be made at least 30 days before the date of the certificate expiry via the same website.
Not registering food premises is an offense and it is compoundable under Food Hygiene Regulations 2009. Anyone who commits an offense shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.
Therefore, food business operators need to ensure all their food premises are registered with MOH.