Warn­ing let­ters is­sued

Journal Pioneer - - THE ISLAND - BY DAVE STE­WART

The De­part­ment of Health and Well­ness is­sued an­other re­minder Thurs­day to food premise es­tab­lish­ments to make sure their op­er­at­ing li­cences are valid.

A to­tal of 10 food premise lo­ca­tions were hit with warn­ing let­ters by en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cers over the past month for op­er­at­ing with­out a valid food premise li­cence.

These li­cences are sup­posed to be re­newed each spring so of­fi­cials are some­what trou­bled to see so many are still not com­ply­ing.

“At this point it is dis­ap­point­ing to see that many, that we’re still find­ing with­out hav­ing re­newed their li­cence,’’ Kelly Hughes, se­nior en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cer, said Thurs­day. “It’s some­thing that we al­ways want to get that mes­sage out that (these es­tab­lish­ments should) make sure they stay up to date with (their) li­cence re­newal and do it in a timely man­ner.’’ The Al­bany Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Mount Tryon was hit with a warn­ing let­ter dur­ing a rou­tine in­spec­tion on Oct. 18 for op­er­at­ing with­out a valid food premise li­cence. It was also flagged for fail­ing to sub­mit a wa­ter sam­ple for bac­te­ria anal­y­sis at the re­quired fre­quency. Both is­sues have since been re­solved. Elm Street El­e­men­tary in Sum­mer­side and Global Wines Inc. in Sum­mer­side were also hit with warn­ing let­ters over the li­cence is­sues, and both have since re­newed. In­spec­tors also con­ducted a rou­tine in­spec­tion at Linda’s Cof­fee Shop and Restau­rant in Char­lot­te­town on Oct. 16 and flagged three is­sues, in­clud­ing the li­cence re­newal. The cof­fee shop es­tab­lish­ment wasn’t fol­low­ing ap­pro­pri­ate pro­ce­dures for dish­wash­ing and failed to es­tab­lish and main­tain a record of the dish­wash­ing tem­per­a­ture read­ings or chem­i­cal san­i­tizer con­cen­tra­tions.

All is­sues were deemed sat­is­fac­tory dur­ing a fol­low-up in­spec­tion on Oct. 23.

En­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cials also is­sued warn­ing let­ters to the fol­low­ing food premise es­tab­lish­ments for op­er­at­ing with­out a valid li­cence — Mis­couche Con­sol­i­dated School, O’Leary El­e­men­tary School, Som­er­set El­e­men­tary School in Kinkora, Tig­nish El­e­men­tary School, Waugh’s Quick Mart in Sum­mer­side and West Prince Video and Va­ri­ety in Bloom­field. All have since re­newed their food premise li­cences.

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