A 'Chinese-only' food park's operations were suspended as it lacked proper business permits. Photo: Department of Trade and Industry

A food park in Las Piñas City in the Philippines that allegedly only served Chinese nationals has been closed by authorities.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) suspended the operations of the food park last Thursday.

Trade secretary Ramon Lopez conducted a surprise inspection of China Food City, which was recently criticized online for allegedly catering to only Chinese nationals and people claimed Filipinos were not allowed in the establishment, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

Lopez said of the 30 food stalls, only one was found to have a business license and permit. The DTI found that there were different receipts per stall and these were written in Chinese characters. If all the stalls were under one ownership and registration, there must also be a common receipt.

The DTI suspended the food park’s operations as it did not have proper business permits and official receipts issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

The DTI also found that the food park lacked proper sanitation permits and proper waste disposal and waste treatment facilities. Food waste was found to be dumped in canals and a nearby creek.

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