March 6, 2009
Media Release

York Region issues inspection warning to local restaurants

Businesses warned about unauthorized food and water safety inspections
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York advises local restaurant owners and food premise operators that unauthorized food and water safety inspections have recently been offered to restaurants and other eating establishments in the Greater Toronto Area.  The services offered by this company are provided for a fee and are not affiliated with York Region public health inspections.
 
There have been no reports of this activity in York Region to date; however, local restaurant owners and staff should be aware that other establishments in the Greater Toronto Area have been approached.
 
Business owners and staff are reminded that upon arrival at the food premise, York Region Public Health Inspectors carry two pieces of identification.  The first piece of identification is the Regional employee security card.  This card verifies the inspector’s employment with York Region.  The second piece of identification is the provincial offences officer badge.  This badge verifies the inspector’s credentials as a current provincial offences officer in the province of Ontario.
 
As outlined in the Health Protection and Promotion Act, York Region Public Health Inspectors are mandated to conduct routine unscheduled inspections of all local restaurants and eating establishments.  Inspections that are conducted by the Region are provided at no cost to the establishment.
 
Restaurants and eating establishments who are approached by this company or have questions about the role of Public Health Inspectors in food and water safety are encouraged to call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 4016 / After-hours Cell: 905 251-5553
Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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