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Why Malaysians Suddenly Couldn’t Buy Bread These Past Few Days

Why Malaysians Suddenly Couldn’t Buy Bread These Past Few Days

Turns out the Massimo factory was ordered to shut down temporarily.

Kirat Kaur

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If you’ve been eagerly heading into the nearest shop and supermarket for your weekly bread supply, you might have encountered empty shelves greeting you instead.

While part of it could be attributed to people simply eating more bread during the Movement Control Order (MCO), another reason is a temporary production disruption at a bread factory in Klang.

The Italian Baker Sdn Bhd (TIB), makers of Massimo Bread, announced last Wednesday (27 Jan) that its factory in Klang, Selangor is temporarily closed due to the high number of Covid-19 cases in the district.

According to the statement posted on Facebook, the temporary halt in production is necessary for the breadmaker to implement additional precautionary and preventive measures in accordance with the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) in order to curb the spread of the virus.

We understand that this disruption will affect some of our business partners and cause inconveniences to our consumers but this is necessary in our effort to prevent and mitigate the risk of Covid-19 infection.

Massimo Bread via Facebook.

The Facebook post was met with comments from consumers saying they have not been able to find its bread for the past week or so, and were expectantly waiting for the bread supply to resume.

More to the story…

According to The Star, 37 factories including a bread manufacturer in Klang were ordered to shut down by the local council due to Covid-19 cases, failure to follow standard operating procedures (SOP) and the need to improve the living conditions of worker’s dormitories.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Dr Ahmad Fadzli Ahmad Tajuddin said the 37 factories must be temporarily shut down for thorough sanitisation and swab test to be conducted on workers.

Dr Ahmad also said that the factories will be closed for one week, so it’s likely that Massimo bread could return to shelves really soon.


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