Public health is a global affair

I wore pants all day.

I hated it.

But I loved hanging out with environmental health types in Sydney.

The Environmental Health something of Sydney had their annual gabfest at town hall and I got to be part of the entertainment; we’re all about helping front-line folks where we can, and I heard some good tales today.

Being Australia, where they work hard and play hard, it was off to the pub for a couple of Fosters (that’s a joke; no one I know drinks Fosters in Australia; it wasn’t even among the 10 available beers on tap) and more restaurant inspection stories.

So thanks for the hospitality, Sydney, and be thankful I wore pants all day.

Food Safety Culture

Is sex in a bathroom in a restaurant a good public health idea?

A Toronto restaurant is inviting diners to inject some sizzle into their Valentine’s Day dinner by promoting sex in their bathrooms.

Chef/co-owner Donna Dooher of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen said,

"We’ve always had little trysts in our bathrooms. We’re taking it to the next level on Valentine’s weekend."

The Toronto Star reports that the restaurant’s four bathrooms light up outside when occupied. Staff have learned to watch the light flicker twice when two customers enter the same bathroom, usually a few minutes apart.

Jim Chan, manager of the food safety program at Toronto Public Health, said as long as there’s no sex in the kitchen and the restaurant keeps its washrooms clean and sanitized, it’s not fussed, adding,

"As far as bodily fluids, it’s pretty much similar to the other human functions going on in there.”