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Poor sanitation, rodents top list of restaurant infractions

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The last thing a restaurant diner wants to do is share a meal with a rodent or eat off a dirty plate.

That's why the province's Health Department has inspectors who fan out across the city and the province to shut down restaurants that fail to keep rodents out or keep their premises clean.

Restaurant infractions

Have you eaten at any of these places?

Food-service establishments closed for health violations:

Chicken Delight, 1000 Nairn Ave., March 17, no running water

Pure Water Plus, 523-B 8th St., Brandon, March 13, no hot water for a week

A&W Restaurant, 3440-1120 Grant Ave., March 10, rodent infestation

Pizza Place, 1140-1120 Grant Ave., March 7, insanitary conditions, dishwasher not sanitizing dishes, rodent infestation

Lan May Restaurant, 1373 Portage Ave., Feb. 26, insanitary conditions, heavy rodent infestation in kitchen and food-storage areas

Old Fashioned Noodle Products, 59 Speers Rd., Feb. 24, poor sanitation and failure to stop entry of rodents

54 1st St. S, Souris, Jan. 31, failure to provide updated registration, fail to maintain food at safe internal temperature, unsafely maintained equipment

Pizza Shack, 589 Sargent Ave., Jan. 7, general sanitation, temperature abuse, pest control

Fortune Cooking Chinese Restaurant, C-1045 St. James St., Dec. 18, failure to prevent contamination, general sanitation, improper thawing

ING Supermarket, 1873 Pembina Hwy., Nov. 19, failure to maintain butcher shop in sanitary condition

Pizza Shack, 589 Sargent Ave., Nov. 5, general sanitation, failure to take effective measures to prevent pests

Unburger, 472 Stradbrook Ave., Oct. 29, continued to operate under insanitary conditions due to flood

Midtown Motor Inn, 177 Saskatchewan Ave. W., Portage la Prairie, Oct. 15, dishwasher failed to properly sanitize dishes and utensils

Island Lake Quick Stop, Island Lake, Sept. 24, operating without an operational three compartment sink for a few months

9s Karaoke and Bubble Tea/Mercato Gelato Cafe, 230 Osborne St., Sept. 20, no hot water, improper food storage, level of sanitation unacceptable

Paradise Village -- Banquet Hall, RM of Ste. Anne, Sept. 18, mould throughout building

Pizza Hotline, 1262 Pembina Hwy., Aug. 29, unable to maintain refrigerator at temperature needed for safe food storage and inoperable ventilation

Peg City Dogs, 1406 Notre Dame Ave., Aug. 23, mobile vending unit not kept clean

Little Big Hot Dog That Could, 1406 Notre Dame Ave., Aug. 22, not enough cold potable water on mobile cart

Shakescreme, 1879 Ness Ave., July 19, not enough hot and cold potable water on mobile cart

Falafel Queen, 6-6 Strauss Dr., July 17, inadequate refrigeration to store food safely

Sawatdee Thai Restaurant, 150 Provencher Blvd., May 15, signs of rodent infestation, lack of effective cleaning and repair of many areas

Foody Goody on Regent, 6-1530 Regent Ave. W., May 2, dishwasher not properly sanitizing dishes

Romana Pizza, 39 9th St., Brandon, May 1, fail to maintain food at safe temperature, rodent infestation

Headingley Chinese Restaurant, 146 Bridge Rd., Headingley, April 17, operating food handling establishment without a permit, fail to maintain mechanical dishwasher, fail to provide separate hand washing facility

Riverside K C, Hwy. 10 North, Overflowing River, April 11, not operated or maintained in accordance with food and food-handling establishments regulations

Hong Kong Restaurant, 85 Main St., Flin Flon, April 1, place not designed operated or maintained under food and food handling establishments regulations

Wok House Restaurant, 3727 Portage Ave., March 26, fail to maintain in a sanitary condition

The Storm Restaurant and Catering, 300 Memorial Blvd., March 13, dishwasher not using enough chlorine to sanitize dishes

Sawatdee Thai, 555 Osborne St., Feb. 26, filthy conditions throughout, dishwasher not providing enough sanitizer

311 Pretzel Cart, 300 Portage Place, Feb. 7, no running water

Sawatdee Thai Restaurant, 150 Provencher Blvd., Jan. 28, fail to take measures to stop entry of pests

Chicago Phil's Pizza, 70 Donald St., Jan. 14, improper hot and cold holding practices

Source: Manitoba Health

Peter Parys, director of the environmental health branch, said 54 health inspectors are responsible for 4,500 food establishments in the province, including restaurants and grocery stores.

All establishments are inspected, but they pay extra attention to restaurants, he said.

"Restaurants are routinely inspected once to three times a year," he said. "More if necessary."

Parys said the ultimate penalty for a restaurant is to be closed by a health inspector, but with only a couple of dozen closures each year, he believes "almost all operators are conscientious."

"They are in business to serve a food product and have a customer come back," he said.

The Health Department continually updates its list of restaurants and food-service establishments that were closed after inspectors found violations.

Provincial health inspectors have always patrolled the province's restaurants and those in Winnipeg suburbs, but it has only been since April 1, 2012, that they have begun checking eateries in the city's pre-1972 boundaries.

Parys said they receive tips from the public.

"We'll go in and investigate when we get a call."

Unburger was closed last year, but has since reopened.

Marc Priestley, co-owner of Unburger, said his Osborne Village restaurant was forced to close after water flooded it Oct. 27.

"We came in Sunday morning and the whole place was under water," Priestley said Friday.

"I called my brothers and dad and we all started mopping. We figured the show must go on... we threw out all the food that got wet and we tried phoning our health inspector, but couldn't reach her.

"On Monday when we got hold of her, she said shut it down."

Priestley said the restaurant reopened Dec. 20 after health inspectors checked out the renovations.

He said the flood forced them to replace the walls, floor and ceiling before they could open the doors again.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 12, 2014 A11


Updated on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM CDT: Corrects typo in name of noodle restaurant

9:20 PM: Fixes formatting.

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