Chiayi County Health Bureau said on Tuesday that it had issued a hygiene improvement notice to Paiyun Lodge, the overnight lodging for hikers planning to scale Jade Mountain (Yushan) Main Peak, over poor sanitation conditions at the lodge’s meal service facilities.
A team formed by the bureau and local Alishan Township Health Center conducted an inspection of the lodge on Nov. 26 and 27 and found that cooking oil, rice and other food materials were not stored off the ground and that cutlery and chopping boards were not separated from cooked food, according to the county health bureau. They also found kitchen doors without screens, no expiration dates on seasonings, and kitchen buckets and troughs as well as kitchen walls and floor were dirty, the bureau said.
The inspection team immediately issued an improvement notice to the lodge.
The county health bureau said if the conditions are not improved to prescribed standards within the time limit, the lodge could face a fine between NT$60,000 and NT$200 million.
Paiyun Lodge is located 3,402 meters above sea level on the trail to the Main Peak of Jade Mountain, the highest peak in Taiwan.
The lodge, which was rebuilt and then reopened in 2013, began providing buffet style self-service meals from February in addition to the lodging service to relieve hikers from the burden of carrying their own food supplies.