Charges pending against five eateries

The problems ranged from mouse droppings to not having a basin for washing hands in the cooking area.

The Toronto Star
May 3, 2000

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Charges are pending against five Toronto restaurants at the end of week 10 of a blitz of eating establishments being conducted by Toronto public health officials.

The names of the five restaurants were released yesterday after they allegedly failed a second inspection visit by officials within 48 hours of an initial inspection.

The problems ranged from mouse droppings to not having a basin for washing hands in the cooking area. None of the restaurants was ordered closed. Health inspectors visited 482 eateries between May 1 and May 5.

Jane Urquhart, a manager with Toronto’s public health department said restaurants are given 48 hours to fix a problem identified by an inspector after which they get charged.

Although charges haven’t been laid officially, the restaurant owners have been notified, Urquhart said. She said it can take up to two weeks to go through a process of title searches to verity the ownership of restaurants.

The restaurants are:

  • Second Cup, 652 Queen St. W., for failure to repair damaged pipe insulation over food containers.
  • Tim Hortons, 500 The East Mall, for failure to provide a hand wash basin in the food preparation area.
  • Hob Nob Donuts, 2974A Boor St. W., for failure to remove mouse droppings from food processing equipment.
  • Millennium Bar & Grill, 3414 Dundas St. W., for failure to remove grease and debris from floor, shelf, cutting board and around kitchen equipment.
  • Chef Antoni’s, 3862 Bloor St. W., for storing hazardous foods at an internal temperature between 5 and 60 degrees C.

Meanwhile, two other restaurants that were ordered closed during this part of the blitz have reopened.

Up Fresh Wholesalers, a food processing plant closed down May 4 for mouse infestation and various sanitation violations, was reopened a day later.

Similarly, the Mckong Paradise Restaurant at 4400 Dufferin St., which was closed on May 3 due to a mouse and cockroach infestation, was reopened May 4.

Since the blitz began on Feb. 22, 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.

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