Food and Environmental Hygiene Department

Policy on al fresco dining 'has no bite'

Illegal al fresco dining may cause street obstruction, noise and hygiene problems. Photo: SCMP

The watchdog, in an investigation, identified a list of problems in the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department's enforcement policy.

Friday, 10 May, 2013, 5:58am 2 comments

Banners have no place on Hong Kong's streets

Anti-Falun Gong banners have been put up in Tsim Sha Tsui, on Nathan Road, Jordan and in Causeway Bay. Photo: SMP

Bernard Chan in his letter ("Banners offend locals and visitors", March 19), asked why we continue to suffer from the visual pollution of hundreds of banners hung at various key points in the city by the Hong Kong Youth Care Association and the Falun Gong.

1 Apr 2013 - 3:00am 7 comments

Restaurants targeted by officials in raid on 'Rat Alley' in Lan Kwai Fong

Diners welcomed by restaurant owners in Wing Wah Lane.

Up to 10 officers were involved in the raid on Wednesday that saw three restaurants closed down for the night in Wing Wah Lane - a short alley that extends off D'Aguilar Street and which got its nickname because of the rodents that used to inhabit it. A spokesman said the department had received several complaints recently about obstruction caused by tables and seats placed outside the restaurants.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am 1 comment

Unwelcome banners in Tsim Sha Tsui

I refer to the report ("Unwrap HK history this Christmas", December 24).

Despite a growing interest in local heritage, I am sure many people in Tsim Sha Tsui were unaware that 11 heritage sites were being opened to the public as part of "Heritage Fiesta 2012", and would have missed the opportunity to visit them.

6 Jan 2013 - 2:51am 4 comments

Rough justice for street sleepers

Street sleepers have accused the government of confiscating all they own without warning, leaving them to fend for themselves on cold nights without even a change of clothes.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Teachers face impossible workload

I have recently arrived from Britain and taken a teaching position in a Hong Kong school.

Prior to my arrival I had been made aware of the stress suffered by teachers, but only after my first week at work did I actually come to understand why these levels of stress exist.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Egg waffle hawker offers slice of street life

Without question, Ng Yuk-fai has the Hong Kong spirit. He is 74 years old, but wants to make an honest living doing what he knows best, serving up egg waffles from his street cart in Tai Hang rather than receiving government handouts. It is a job he has been doing illegally for more than 30 years because the government stopped issuing licences for food hawkers in the 1970s.

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Chilled beef on way from mainland

30 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Officials opt not to prosecute hawker, 74

22 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Chickens and offal seized in raid on unlicensed cold store

21 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Prosecution of elderly hawker reviewed after public uproar

Officials are reviewing a prosecution against an elderly woman hawker after the case drew fierce criticism from the public.

The 74-year-old has sold nail clippers, combs and sewing kits in front of a money exchange shop in Hong Ning Road, Kwun Tong, for years. She earns about HK$50 a day, which helps to support her husband.

19 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Officials must recognise that rat infestation is a serious problem

Over the past few weeks there have reports of people in Hong Kong being bitten by rats.

I am not satisfied with the approach taken by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department to address this problem.

I do not think it has done much to ensure that there is no repeat of these incidents.

15 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Stall holders suspend protest

1 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Prosecution of shoeshiners dropped

Prosecutions against four shoeshiners in Central have been dropped. The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department 'has decided to withdraw the prosecutions against the four shoeshiners' in Theatre Lane, a spokesman said. The four were originally due to appear in court next Wednesday to face charges for obstructing the road with tools they used for shoe polishing.

7 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Dengue fever threat rises slightly

People have been urged to step up their anti-mosquito efforts, after a slight rise in the monthly average ovitrap index. The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said the index - which measures the population of mosquitoes capable of spreading dengue fever - had risen to 4.8 per cent in April, up from 0.2 per cent in March.

15 May 2009 - 12:00am