In the light of airborne diseases, it is time to conduct inspections to gauge the level of cleanliness of our food stalls - in particular, how cutlery and tableware are cleaned, to ensure that diners are served with properly washed items.
On many occasions, I have observed drinks served in glasses which still have lipstick marks or other stains on them, and forks and spoons with food residue on them, which suggest improper washing.
This is an unhygienic practice that can lead to people falling ill.
The National Environment Agency and other health authorities should conduct regular exercises to review the cleaning practices adopted at eateries around the country.
Kumar Pillay Thangavalu