Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) yesterday suspended operations at Shire Highlands Hotel in Limbe due to “non compliance with hygienic conditions”.
Confirming the development in an interview, MBS director general Davlin Chokazinga said the restaurant which the hotel uses does not meet the recommended hygiene standards.
He said the suspension letter was issued to the Hotel last Friday after inspection.
“The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has with immediate effect suspended operations of Shire Highlands Hotel situated in Limbe due to non compliance with hygienic conditions as stipulated in Malawi Standard Number 21: Food And Food Processing Units – Code Of Hygienic Conditions.
“The MBS wishes to advise the general public against patronizing Shire Highlands Hotel situated in Limbe until the hygienic conditions have been improved and the suspension lifted by the MBS,” he said.
Ironically, a Mr Kamuloza, who identified himself as Acting Manager for Shire Highlands Hotel feigned ignorance on the suspension in a telephone interview yesterday.
“I am not aware of the said development because I have been out of the office since last week,” he said.
In January this year, the Blantyre Water Board (BWB) disconnected water at the facility due to illegal connection.
Of late, MBS has been carrying out inspection exercises in various production companies, a development has led to the shutdown of many companies.
In March alone, MBS suspended operations of Malawi Sun Hotel and Conference Centre Bakery at Ginnery Corner in Blantyre, and production as well as distribution of Chibuku Shake Shake opaque beer at the Lilongwe plant due to non compliance to hygienic conditions.
MBS later lifted the suspension on the Chibuku plant.