Two bars in Marsa shut down for public health breaches

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Two bars in Marsa were shut down on Friday evening due to lack of food hygiene and licensing irregularities, the police said on Saturday.

The closure comes following inspections by the police and the public health authorities.

The two bars, at Xatt il-Mollijiet, are located close to the Marsa initial reception where asylum seekers are housed.

During the inspections, the officers assessing one of the bars found a number of hygiene breaches, including the storing of frozen food at incorrect temperatures. Public health authorities have sealed the freezers.

The inspectors found that one bar owner did not have the necessary licence to sell food and an employee did not have the necessary work permit.

The second bar was licensed to operate, however, the health inspectors noted hygiene breaches.

Both bars were shut down by the police. The owners who cooperated fully with the police, will be prosecuted.

The police will also prosecute a man who was cooking outside one of the bars, in breach of public health rules.

Valletta district police, the Rapid Intervention Unit and the Migration Police all took part in this operation.