Volume 93, Issue 84

Thursday, March 9, 2000


Budget unveiled to council

Funding bypasses liberal arts

Coca-Cola campaign leaves bad aftertaste

City considers posting restaurant health and safety violations

Hampton talks shop in UCC



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City considers posting restaurant health and safety violations

By Leena Kamat
Gazette Staff

Unhealthy and unsafe restaurants in London should beware, as those breaking safety regulations may soon have their violations posted for patrons to see.

The recent crackdown on restaurants in Toronto has not resulted in a similar blitz in London, said Jim Refflele, director of environmental health of the Middlesex and London Health Unit.

Refflele said a committee of 18 inspectors conduct routine inspections of over 2,500 food premises in the area and are responsible for handing out violations. Each premise is visited two or three times a year, or more if complaints are received, he said, adding only one London restaurant has been shut down in the past year.

On March 16, the committee will make a presentation to the health unit addressing the idea of posting violations so the public could access an establishment's health violation history, Refflele said.

Although the number of violations has not changed significantly in the past years, Refflele said the committee was pushing for mandatory training in food handling to ensure healthy standards were met.

Jeff Reywood, general manager of Jack Astor's in the Masonville area, said the store has a health and safety committee who meet on a monthly basis. "We have a very high standard," he said, adding his store has only received one violation in the past two years, which was for failing to keep a minimum of three metres of free space in front of an electrical panel.

Reywood added he looked forward to the possible postings since his restaurant spent so much time and money maintaining a healthy and safe establishment.

Gordon Cameron, bar manager at T.J. Baxter's Tap & Grill, said the Toronto blitz was a great idea, but added London had fewer restaurants and therefore, glaring problems were more noticeable.

Cameron said T.J.'s had many methods of ensuring cleanliness, including a internal health and safety board responsible for inspections.

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