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Fifteen restaurants closed, fined for health violations in recent months

Chris Mikula / The Ottawa Citizen Files</p><p>Manitoba has 49 health inspectors to inspect 6,264 restaurants, including 3,256 in Winnipeg, along with swimming pools and hot tubs in hotels and other public places, and personal-services outlets including tattoo studios and hair salons.</p></p>

Chris Mikula / The Ottawa Citizen Files

Manitoba has 49 health inspectors to inspect 6,264 restaurants, including 3,256 in Winnipeg, along with swimming pools and hot tubs in hotels and other public places, and personal-services outlets including tattoo studios and hair salons.

Turns out the Healthy Chef wasn't as healthy as health inspectors wanted it to be.

The restaurant, located inside the Eriksdale Inn on Highway 6 in Eriksdale, was ordered closed for 10 days starting May 19, after provincial health inspectors found it had rodents inside and the establishment was in an insanitary condition.

It's just one of nine restaurants and food-service establishments that have been closed in Manitoba for health violations since the Free Press last looked at the province's health protection report in February.

During the same time period, six other restaurants were convicted of health violations and fined.

The Free Press left a request for comment at the Healthy Chef restaurant, but a manager or owner did not call back.

A worker at the restaurant said in the wake of the shutdown, it is no longer called the Healthy Chef. It has now reopened as the Kitchen, with a scaled-back menu.

Peter Parys, Manitoba Health's director of environmental health, said it doesn't matter where a restaurant is located for health inspectors to order them closed: rural restaurants are held to the same standards as urban ones.

"We apply the same risk-assessment criteria," he said. "We determine whether it is a high risk, a medium risk or a low risk. Depending on which assessment, a restaurant is inspected three, two or one inspection per year.

"We are there doing regular inspections to make sure the public is protected."

Parys said 49 inspectors fan out across the province to inspect 6,264 restaurants, including 3,256 in Winnipeg, but also swimming pools and hot tubs in hotels and other public places, and personal-services outlets, including tattoo studios and hair salons.

"When you look at the number of establishments we close compared to the total number in the province, it is a very small number. For most of our inspections we find they are well-run."

kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

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