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March 24, 2000
Toronto Public Health Releases Results from Week Four Of Restaurant Blitz
  
Toronto Public Health - Toronto Public Health today released the results of
week four of the restaurant blitz, for the week ending March 17. No charges
were laid against any restaurants in the blitz area during this period.

During week four, Toronto Public Health inspectors visited 186 premises in the
former City of Toronto. Of those inspected, 79 were in full compliance during
the first visit, and of those that required follow-up, all were in full
compliance by the second visit. To date Toronto Public Health has inspected 699
food premises in the blitz area, which is downtown Toronto.

A total of 21 food premises have been closed in the City of Toronto since
February 22, 2000. Of these closures, 11 are located in the blitz area. The
remaining 10 were closed as part of Toronto Public Health's regular ongoing
inspection program throughout the City.

"Less than two per cent of the restaurants inspected in the former City of
Toronto since February 22 have been closed. Clearly, the high profile of the
blitz has sent a strong message to all operators that non-compliance results in
negative publicity and lost business," said Dr. Sheela Basrur, Toronto's
Medical Officer of Health.

During week four, three restaurants inspected outside of the blitz area were
charged as part of regular public health inspection activities throughout the
City.


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