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March 2, 2009
Businesses warned about a company offering food and water safety testing
Toronto Public Health has recently learned that a number of small business operators in the Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area have been approached by a company selling food and water safety inspection services. This company is not in any way associated with services provided by the City of Toronto through Toronto Public Health or Toronto Water.

Public Health inspectors regularly conduct food safety inspections on food premises. These inspections are mandatory, although there is never a fee associated with the inspection program. Water tests administered by Toronto Water are done upon request and are free of charge.

“If you are approached by a company selling food safety testing, contact Toronto Public Health,” said Ron de Burger, Director, Healthy Environments. “Toronto Public Health Inspectors do not charge for mandatory food safety inspections, and they carry proper photo identification.”

"The Toronto Water Laboratory provides water testing to residents and businesses in the city at no charge," said Alex Marich, Director of Operational Support for the Toronto Water Division. "At no time should a resident or business owner in Toronto be asked to pay for water testing services from Toronto Water.”

If business operators have questions or concerns about their water supply or food safety, they should contact Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Rishma Govani
Media Relations Coordinator
Toronto Public Health
Tel: 416-338-7974



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