‘I work for the public to make sure their dining experience is not going to send them to the hospital’

CBC News reports that food kept too warm or too cold, dirty utensils and one live animal have all been found in Windsor and Essex County restaurants within the past year, according to a CBC News analysis of Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reports (that’s in Ontario, Canada).

Documents provided to CBC News by the health unit show 1,795 health and safety infractions at 540 locations where food was served between Oct. 2014 and 2015.  

The health unit regularly inspects restaurants and places where food is served in Windsor and Essex County. The frequency of the inspections depends on how high the risk is for food contamination at each place.  According to the health unit, a full-service restaurant is inspected at least three times a year.

“We are enforcers, but we’re trying to educate first,” Elaine Bennett, a public health inspector with the health unit said in an interview with CBC News. “We’re working with people to make sure they’re not causing food-borne illness in the community.”

Bennett has been a health inspector for the past 15 years.

“Ultimately I’m working for the public to make sure their dining experience is not going to send them to the hospital,” she said.  


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