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March 2, 2000
Toronto Restaurant Inspection Blitz Continues
  
Toronto Public Health - Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sheela
Basrur, annouces the closure of two more Toronto restaurants today along with
statistics from week one of the city's restaurant blitz.

Toronto Public Health today posted a closed sign on the Wah Tao Restaurant at
197 Dundas Street West. The restaurant was closed due to a heavy mouse
infestation and several housekeeping infractions. As well, the Scarborough
Grand Seafood Restaurant at 23 Glenwatford Drive, Unit 9 was closed today after
a food poisoning complaint was investigated. Public Health inspectors found
several sanitation violations and a severe mouse and cockroach infestation.
Although this restaurant is outside the blitz area, Toronto Public Health is
reporting on this closure of as part of its new policy to publicly report all
closures throughout the City of Toronto.

During the first week of the restaurant blitz, from February 22 to February 25,
176 restaurants were inspected within the former City of Toronto boundaries.

These restaurants are being charged due to the following infractions:

- Rossli Restaurant at 165 York Street, failed to maintain the wash and rinse
cycles of the mechanical glass washing equipment at the appropriate temperature
and an employee failed to wear headgear while preparing food.

- The Verandah, 165 York Street, failed to protect food from contamination by
not providing sufficient sneeze guards.

- La Belle Terrace, 165 York Street, failed to protect food from contamination
by not providing sufficient sneeze guards.

- East Grand Seafood House, 615 Gerrard Street East, failed to protect food
from contamination by not covering food in the refrigerators and failing to
provide thermometers to verify food storage temperatures in refrigeration units.

- Garden Restaurant, 149 Dundas Street West, failed to maintain food premise in
a sanitary condition.

During the past week, four restaurants were ordered closed due to violations
that posed an immediate threat to public health. These include:

- Beemah Restaurant at 1450 Gerrard St. East, was closed on Thursday February
24, 2000 due to major sanitation and pest control violations.

- The Golden Embassy at 364-66 Broadview Avenue, was closed on February 28,
2000 due to extreme unsanitary conditions and an infestation of cockroaches and
flies.

- Scarborough Grand Seafood Restaurant at 23 Glenwatford Drive, Unit 9, was
closed on March 2, 2000 after a complaint related to food poisoning was
investigated. Inspectors found several severe sanitation violations and a
severe mouse and cockroach infestation.

- Wah Tao Restaurant, 197 Dundas Street West, was closed on March 2, 2000 due
to severe mouse infestation and several housekeeping infractions.

In addition, as the result of a complaint, the following grocery store was
closed:

- The India Town Food & Spice, 641 Markham Road, was closed on Tuesday,
February 29, 2000, as a result of an active infestation of mice.

All food premises closed by Toronto Public Health remain closed and will be
monitored daily to ensure the closure is enforced. They will remain closed
until all violations are corrected.

The protocol for inspections include:

- If public health violations are noted upon an inspection, the operator must
act on the violation and correct it immediately. A re-inspection of the
premise will be carried out within 48 hours to ensure compliance is continued.

- If upon re-inspection the violation has recurred, the restaurant will be
charged and the name of the restaurant and address will be made public.

- However, if upon a first inspection the violation cannot be corrected
immediately, a Notice to Comply will be issued and the restaurant will be named
publicly.

- Food premises will be closed immediately when there is an immediate threat to
public health. A sign will be posted at the location and the public will be
notified via the media.

As part of the blitz, approximately 3,360 restaurants out of a total of 7,325
food premises in the former City of Toronto will be inspected during a 14 week
period.

Toronto Public Health will continue to release inspection results to the public
once a week. Restaurants that are given a Notice to Comply, charged or closed
by Toronto Public Health will be named.


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