June 24, 2011
Media Release

York Region issues warning to local restaurant and food premises

Businesses warned about individuals posing as Public Health Inspectors
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York advises owners and operators of food premises in York Region that local restaurants are receiving telephone calls from individuals claiming to be Public Health Inspectors. 
The callers are requesting detailed personal and business information and claiming they wish to schedule an inspection.  The callers also request a return call to confirm the personal information through the use of a unique code number.
Please be warned these individuals are not Public Health Inspectors employed by York Region.
York Region’s Public Health Inspection staff do not call ahead to schedule inspections. 
Food premises owners/operators and staff are reminded that York Region Public Health Inspectors carry two pieces of identification.  The first is a Regional employee security card which verifies the inspector’s employment with York Region.  The second is a provincial offences officer badge which verifies the inspector’s credentials as an active provincial offences officer.  
As the owner/operator of a food premise, we encourage you to not provide any detailed information about yourself or your business over the phone to persons claiming to be inspectors. 
If you have questions about this matter please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933.
Anyone receiving a call of this nature is asked to contact the York Regional Police Major Fraud Unit at         1-866-876-5423, ext. 6627.
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: 905-716-9753
Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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