The City of Toronto is pretty limitless when it comes to options for dining out. There are literally thousands of choices, ranging from pub food to fine dining, but one thing all these restaurants have in common is they must be up to code when the city's health inspectors coming calling. Under the DineSafe program, Toronto restaurant health infractions are public information, and the first round of 2020 is in the books.

Toronto’s DineSafe scheme has been around for more than a decade, and the city is constantly updating its website to inform residents of the latest inspection results.

The findings from the most recent inspections, all carried out within the last two years, are available at the DineSafe website.

Restaurants that are given a pass (green sign) have no infractions or only very ones during inspection.

However, those with one or more significant infractions are given a conditional pass (yellow sign). Business owners must then address the problems within 24 to 48 hours and will receive a pass when everything is fixed.

If inspectors find a location with infractions and immediate health hazards, it will be closed. Those venues are only reopened when all issues have been taken care of. 

There are several eateries that have faced infractions so far in 2020 or whose late-2019 issues are still yet to be resolved. Here are some of them.

Ali Baba's Middle Eastern Cuisine

Where: 1430 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON

When: Jan. 7, 2020

Why: Failure to comply with several cleanliness and safety requirements, failing to protect against the harbouring of pests, and handwashing stations that are not conveniently located for food handlers. 


Aunties & Uncles

Where: 74 Lippincott St., Toronto, ON

When: Jan. 9, 2020

Why: Failing to protect against the harbouring of pests and to keep records of pest control measures for one year, failing to remove garbage when necessary, and failing to keep the premise in a sanitary condition.


Bombay Chowpatty

Where: 1386 Gerrard St. E.., Toronto, ON

When: Jan. 10, 2020

Why: Failing to provide thermometer in refrigeration equipment, and failing to remove garbage when necessary to maintain sanitary conditions.


Cheers

Where: 33 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto, ON

When: Jan. 3, 2020

Why: Failing to protect against the harbouring of pests, failing to sanitize utensils as often as necessary, failing to ensure the presence of someone with a valid food handling certificate, failing to provide the most recent food inspection results, and failing to protect food from contamination. 


Cuppa Tea

Where: 342 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON

When: Jan. 2, 2020

Why: Failure to maintain handwash stations, failing to ensure the presence of an employee with a valid food handling certificate, failing to maintain records of pest control measures and good purchases, and failing to have a thermometer in the refrigeration unit.


Gino's Pizza and Wing Machine

Where: 802 College St., Toronto, ON

When: Jan. 6, 2020 (passed upon re-inspection on Jan. 9, 2020)

Why: Failing to protect against the harbouring and entry of pets, failing to provide proper handwashing stations, failing to ensure the presence of an employee with a valid food handling certificate, and failing to ensure the food handler protects against food contamination.


Hooters

Where: 280 Adelaide St. W., Toronto, ON

When: Jan. 3, 2020 (passed upon re-inspection on Jan. 7, 2020)

Why: Failing to protect against the harbouring of pests, failure to provide handwashing stations with adequate hot and cold water, and failing to have equipment set up properly for cleaning. 


InterContinental Hotel Yorkville 

Where: 220 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON

When: Jan. 13, 2020

Why: Failing to maintain handwash stations (liquid soap and paper towels), failing to provide thermometer for refrigeration equipment, and failing to protect against the breeding of pets.


La Rev

Where: 2848 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON

When: Jan. 7, 2020

Why: Failing to provide handwashing stations with hold and cold water, failing to ensure the presence of an employee who with a valid food handling certificate, hot-holding potentially hazardous foods at an internal temperature below 60 degrees Celcius, facility not maintained to allow proper sanity maintenance of walls and without a smooth floor surface where food is handled.


Lasa by Lamesa

Where: 634 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto, ON

When: Jan. 8, 2020

Why: Failing to ensure a food handler protects against contamination by hair, failing to properly sanitize equipment surface as necessary, failing to ensure food is protected against contamination.

Owner Les Sabilano told Narcity: "The infractions found during a recent inspection were related to mechanical issues with our dishwasher as well as a cooler door that we were not able to have done during the holiday season.

"Neither of these mechanical issues affected the safety of our food. Our plan was always to address these issues once the holidays were over. We have the necessary repairs scheduled for this week and we plan to have our reinspection and pass next week."


Me Va Me

Where: 600 University Ave., Toronto, ON

When: Jan. 7, 2020

Why: Failing to protect against the breeding of pests.


Ritz Caribbean Foods

Where: 32 Eglington St. W., Toronto, ON

When: Jan. 6, 2020

Why: Using a dirty cloth to clean surfaces, failing to produce a copy of most recent food inspection, failing to ensure the presence of an employee holding a valid food handling certificate, failing to maintain proper handwashing stations, maintaining potentially hazardous foods at a temperature between four and 60 degrees Celsius, failing to protect food from contamination.


Sandwich Box

Where: 1200 Bay St., Toronto, ON

When: Jan. 9, 2020

Why: Failing to provide handwashing stations with hot and cold water, food premise not maintained with clean floors in food-handling room, failing to ensure equipment surface is sanitized as necessary.


T. Mac Grill

Where: 744 Wilson Ave., Toronto, ON

When: Jan. 8, 2020

Why: Failing to protect against the harbouring of pests, failing to provide an adequate number of handwashing stations, failing to sanitize equipment surfaces as necessary, failing to keep the food-handling room free of materials not often used, failing to provide thermometer in the refrigeration unit. 


Narcity has reached out to each of the restaurants listed for comment.

A full list of DineSafe inspections and infractions can be found here.

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