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Local Restaurant Inspection Results Now Online

Web posted on February 09, 2013

February 7, 2013 - Beginning today, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is making it easier for the public to check inspection results of food premises on their computer before they choose where to eat. The new Check Before You Choose website contains food establishment inspection results searchable by name or location including restaurants, grocery stores, retirement homes and hot dog carts, among others.

When the public visits www.checkbeforeyouchoose.ca they will see inspection infractions categorized as critical or non-critical based on their potential to cause food-borne illness. Inspections since October 1, 2012 are available and eventually a two-year inspection history will be maintained.

The website will also include a list of charges and closures and information about food safety. Window signs, posters, and business cards displaying the website and a QR code will be available for businesses to post.

Public health inspectors are required to assess all food establishments at least once a year. "We're committed to protecting the public from the risk of food-borne illness," said Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. "The website provides the public with an opportunity to make an informed decision about where to eat."

WDG Public Health consulted with other health units, the public, and food operators to create this new website. In the near future, we will enhance the program with a mobile-friendly feature. For more information, contact Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2673 or visit www.wdgpublichealth.ca

Background
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is mandated by the provincial government to support the well-being of individuals by promoting healthy behaviours, protecting communities from health threats or emergencies, and preventing disease and injury.

WDG Public Health is governed by an autonomous board of directors made up of provincial appointees and representatives from the communities served. Public health units have been operating in Canadian communities for over 100 years. WDG Public Health was created in 1967 when local city and county agencies joined together.

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