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January 8, 2001
Mayor Lastman Launches Public Health Inspections
Toronto Public Health --- Mayor Mel Lastman posted the city's first
green "pass" notice at Acqua Ristorante e Bar today to launch Toronto Public
Health's new food disclosure system.

"Toronto is the first city in Canada to post on-site results of restaurant
inspections. This disclosure system is a major improvement and gives diners
basic information about the restaurants where they choose to eat," said Mayor

Under the new system, unanimously supported by City Council in August 2000, all
restaurants will be required to post a green, yellow or red inspection notice
immediately after their first health inspection of 2001. A green "pass" notice
indicates the restaurant is in compliance with inspection requirements; a
yellow "conditional pass" notice indicates infractions which do not pose an
immediate health risk but must be corrected within 48 hours; a red "closed"
notice means the premises have been closed by Public Health.

Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sheela Basrur, and chair of the Board
of Health, Councillor Joe Mihevc, joined with Mayor Lastman in the launch.

"Toronto Public Health will inspect 9,400 restaurants over the next several
months and will post colour-coded notices based on inspection results," said
Dr. Basrur. "Over five thousand restaurant owners and operators have attended
information sessions, and as a result we now expect a much higher rate of
compliance than in the past."

Councillor Mihevc said the new system has broad public support. "This
disclosure is exactly what the public wants. And it will be implemented
professionally and consistently across the city by our health inspectors."

Toronto Public Health also released a consumer pamphlet containing questions
and answers about the new system. The pamphlet will be sent to all restaurants
for distribution to diners.

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