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May 19, 2000
Toronto Public Health Releases Highlights from Week Eleven of Restaurant Blitz
  
Toronto Public Health today released highlights of week eleven (May 8-12) of
the restaurant inspection blitz. Toronto Public Health is also encouraging the
public to comment on the food premises and restaurant rating report to be
presented at the May 29th Board of Health meeting.

This week, two restaurants were closed. Bon Apetit Bread and Pizza, 654
Landsdowne Avenue, closed May 17 due to a mouse infestation and sanitation
violations. CND Pizza and Wings, 1236 Bloor Street West, was closed yesterday
because of a mouse and cockroach infestation and sanitation violations.

During week eleven a total of 442 restaurants were inspected across the city -
268 restaurants in the downtown blitz area, and 174 throughout the rest of the
City. After initial inspection, 28 percent of restaurants in the blitz area and
50 percent of restaurants in the rest of the city were in full compliance on
the first inspection. A total of 99 percent of the food premises were in
compliance upon second inspection.

In week eleven one restaurant was closed and charges are pending against two
premises. Coffee Time Donuts at 645 Bay Street was closed on May 11 because of
a mouse infestation, sanitation violations, and failure to maintain food at
proper temperatures. It re-opened May 13.

Charges are pending against the Chinese Food Gallery, 5138 Dundas Street West,
for improper storage of food. Johnny's Pizza and Hamburger, 878A Weston Road,
also has charges pending for sanitation and food storage violations.

The public is invited to comment on Toronto Public Health's report outlining
options for a restaurant rating system and public disclosure of inspection
information. This report will be discussed at the Board of Health meeting, May
29, Toronto City Hall, at 1:00 p.m. To register as a speaker, or to obtain
copies of the report, call 416-392-7026.

In addition to public presentations at the Board meeting, individuals and
organizations can also email their comments on access to inspection information
to: dinesafe@city.toronto.on.ca
Comments can be faxed to: Toronto Public Health, Food Disclosure Group,
416-338-2257.

Since the blitz began on February 22, 2000, 34 food premises have been closed
and 59 food premises have been charged or have charges pending. As of May 14,
3,437 food premises have been inspected city wide. A full listing of premises
closed, re-opened and with charges pending are on the City of Toronto Web site
at http://www.city.toronto.on .ca/health/blitz.htm .


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