ONTARIO: Restaurants staying out of the red
Posted: May 20th, 2012 - 12:17pm
Source: Sarnia Observer
None of Sarnia-Lambton’s 750 restaurants and food outlets have been shut down by health officials since Lambton County launched its DineSafe food safety inspection system.
It replaced an approach that didn’t let the public see results of public health inspections at restaurants, institutions and businesses handling and selling food.
A standing committee of county council received a report Wednesday that says more than 2,000 inspections have been carried out since DineSafe began in October 2010.
The new system issues colour-coded inspection results signs outlets are required to post at their entrances.
A green sign means they passed and a yellow sign is a conditional pass. A red sign means inspectors found conditions causing an immediate health hazard and shut the outlet down.
“The majority have been green signs, no reds,” said Chad Ikert, the county’s manager of environmental health and prevention services.
Inspectors have issued yellow signs to 26 food establishments after finding “significant non-compliance” with Ontario’s food safety rules. All of those outlets earned green pass signs at followup inspections, the report says.
Inspection results have also been posted online since last June at www.dinesafelambton.com, a county website that has been visited nearly 6,500 times, the report says.