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June 23, 2000
Toronto Public Health Releases Highlights From Final Week of Restaurant Blitz
  
Toronto Public Health -- Toronto Public Health today released
highlights of the final week (June 12 - June 16) of the restaurant inspection
blitz. Although the blitz is complete, Toronto Public Health will continue with
its ongoing city-wide restaurant inspection program, and will continue to
release to the public information on all food premise closures and charges.

The 16-week blitz in the downtown area began on February 22, 2000. During this
period, inspectors visited close to 3,600 food premises downtown, and
approximately 5,900 city-wide. Between February 22 and June 16, 60 premises
were closed and 87 were charged. A full report on inspection results during the
blitz will be prepared for the July 24 Board of Health meeting.

During week 16, a total of 503 restaurants were inspected across the city - 324
restaurants in the downtown blitz area, and 179 throughout the City. After
initial inspection, 27 per cent of restaurants in the blitz area and 32 per
cent of restaurants in the rest of the city were in full compliance. A total
of 95 per cent of the food premises were in compliance after the second
inspection.

Five restaurants were closed and charges are pending against five premises as a
result of inspections during week 16. The following premises were
closed:
  • Rowntree Bakery 546 Rogers Road, closed June 13 due to a mouse and cockroach infestation and sanitation violations.
  • Chong Ching Garden, 1690 Queen Street West, closed June 14 due to a mouse and cockroach infestation and sanitation violations.
  • George Brown College Cafeteria, 160 Kendal Avenue, closed June 15 due to a mouse infestation; re-opened June 19.
  • Rose Discount Variety, 2679 Eglinton Avenue West, closed June 15 due to a mouse infestation; re-opened June 19.
  • Natural Sushi, 714 Yonge Street, closed June 16 due to a mouse infestation and cross-contamination of food; re-opened June 19.

The following restaurants will be charged:
  • Little Tony's Pizza, 1655 Weston Road, will be charged with failure to maintain food premises in a clean and sanitary condition.
  • Albion Sweets & Restaurant, 2658 Islington Avenue, will be charged with failure to protect food from contamination & adulteration.
  • Skyline Restaurant, 1426 Queen Street West, will be charged with failure to maintain the dishwasher at proper temperatures, failure to clean and sanitize food slicer, and for failure to clean floor surfaces in the dry food store room.
  • Tea Masters, 200 Bay Street, will be charged with failure to maintain food at proper temperatures, failure to store food up off floor on racks or shelves, and failure to protect food from contamination and adulteration.
  • Esperanca Cafe, 1615 Dupont Street, will be charged with failure to provide a hand wash basin in the food preparation area, failure to maintain proper freezer temperature, failure to maintain floors smooth & non-absorbent in food preparation area, and for sanitation and maintenance violations.

Toronto Public Health will present its proposal on a system for posting
inspection information on site at restaurants to the Board of Health on June
26. Interested parties are invited to the meeting and to comment on the report.
To register as a speaker at the Board meeting, or to obtain copies of the
report, call 416-392-7026. The meeting starts at 1:00 p.m., Committee Room 1,
Toronto City Hall.

Individuals and organizations can e-mail comments on restaurant inspections to
dinesafe@city.toronto.on.ca.
Comments can be faxed to Toronto Public Health, Food Disclosure Group,
416-338-2257.

A full listing of premises closed, re-opened and with charges pending can be
found at http://www.city.toronto.on .ca/health/blitz.htm.


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