Toronto eateries closed due to rodent infestation | Print |
Written by Alexander Leach & Henji Milius   
Thursday, 01 March 2012 14:16

A Leaside restaurant remained closed Thursday for rodent infestation and sanitation issues.

The  South China Restaurant on 513 Mount Pleasant Road closed was closed last week by Toronto Public Health.

The Feb. 21 move came after the eatery failed to “protect food from contamination, improper storage of solid waste and failure to clean bathroom fixtures,” aacording to Vidya Kauri of the Toronto Star.

The restaurant remains closed pending a second inspection.

“We are currently closed for renovations and we will be opened at the beginning of March,” a recording on the South China Restaurant's answering machine said Thursday.

On Feb. 23, Sushi Hana, located at 591 Yonge St. also closed due to contamination, Kauri said.

The two restaurants violated two rules of the Ontario Food Premises Regulation.

“All food shall be protected from contamination and adulteration,” says the law under the food handing section.

The rules state that "Every operator or employee who handles or comes in contact with food or with any utensil used in the manufacture, storage, display, sale or offering for sale, preparation, processing or service of food shall ... be free from any infectious agent of a disease that may be spread through the medium of food."

4 regions for inspections

Toronto Public Health divides the city into four regions for food safety regulations and inspections.

Between Jan. 1, 2011 until this Thursday, a total of 19 restaurants in the southern region were closed after various contaminations were found.

All of the restaurants have reopened except South China.

A list of last year's rodent infested restaurants can be found in the following infographic.


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