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May 12, 2000
Toronto Public Health Releases Highlights from Week Ten of Restaurant Blitz
Toronto Public Health today released results of week ten (May 1-5) of the
restaurant inspection blitz. During week ten, a total of 482 restaurants were
inspected across the city - 283 restaurants in the downtown blitz area, and 199
throughout the rest of the City. After initial inspection, 24 percent of
restaurants in the blitz area and 43 percent of restaurants in the rest of the
city were in full compliance on the first inspection. A total of 98 percent of
the food premises were in compliance upon second inspection.

Two premises were closed during this period, and five have charges pending. The
Mekong Paradise Restaurant at 4400 Dufferin Street was closed on May 3 due to a
mouse and cockroach infestation. This restaurant re-opened May 4. Up FRESH
Limited, a food processing plant at 70 Belfield Road, was closed on May 4 as a
result of a mouse infestation and various sanitation violations. Up FRESH
Limited re-opened on May 5.

Charges are pending against the following five restaurants:
  • Second Cup, 652 Queen Street West -charges pending for failure to repair damaged pipe insulation over food containers.
  • Tim Hortons, 500 The East Mall - charges pending for failure to provide hand wash basin in the food preparation area.
  • Hob Nob Donuts, 2947A Bloor Street West - charges pending for failure to remove mouse droppings from food processing equipment.
  • Millenium Bar & Grill, 3414 Dundas Street West - charges pending for failure to remove grease and debris from floor, shelf, cutting board and around kitchen equipment.
  • Chef Antoni's, 3862 Bloor Street West - charges pending for storing hazardous foods at an internal temperature between 5C and 60C.

Since the blitz began on February 22, 2000, 30 food premises have been closed
and 56 food premises have been charged or have charges pending. As of May 5,
2,995 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 .ca/health/blitz.htm.

Toronto Public Health encourages individuals and organizations to email their
comments on access to inspection information to:
Comments can also be faxed to: Toronto Public Health, attention Food Disclosure
Group, 416-338-2257.

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