No on-site public disclosure: Saskatchewan says it improves access to restaurant inspection info

Do you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at your favourite eating establishment? Saskatchewan residents can find out by going to Inspection InSite – a website that shows public health inspector reports for about 5,000 public eateries including restaurants, fast food outlets, caterers, mobile food vendors, ice cream stands, public cafeterias, dining rooms and hospital kitchens.

The province began posting restaurant inspection information online in 2009. However, a new website is more user-friendly and provides more detailed information about infractions.

Tablet technology is replacing hand-written reports by public health inspectors, which eliminates the need for time-consuming transcription, brings more consistency to reporting, and allows real-time updates to the website, Health Minister Dustin Duncan said Tuesday. Since the new electronic system began at the end of March, about 60 per cent of food service facilities have been inspected.