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December 10, 2007
Toronto Public Health investigating body piercing salon
An investigation by Toronto Public Health inspectors has found that body piercing equipment used at Modern Beaute and Slim Fit Inc. located at 2371 Eglinton Ave. E. (upper level) may not have been properly sterilized. Other services offered at the facility, including ear piercing, were found to be satisfactory at the time of inspection.

Improper sterilization of equipment can lead to the transmission of diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

“We’ve had no reports of infections associated with this salon. The risk is very low, but as a precaution, we are advising anyone who received a body piercing at this salon to see their doctor to be tested for these infections,” said Dr. Herveen Sachdeva, Associate Medical Officer of Health.

Anyone who received body piercing from this salon is asked to call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7492. Staff can answer questions to determine your risk and send information to your doctor to help prevent the potential spread of infection.

All equipment used for body piercing and tattooing must be sterile and sterilizers must be tested at least monthly. In addition, clients of personal service settings such as piercing and tattoo salons should ensure that operators:

• use only disposable, single-use sterile needles that are discarded immediately after use in a sharps container
• wash hands and change gloves between clients
• use an antiseptic on the skin before procedures.

Clients who plan on visiting home-based businesses for piercing and tattooing should contact Toronto Public Health in advance to see if the service has been inspected. Questions about infection control and inspections can be directed to 416-338-7600.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:

Susan Sperling, Media Relations Co-ordinator, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974,



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