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P.E.I. health inspectors cite Cavendish, Tyne Valley restaurants for failing to keep food cold enough

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A grocery store in Cavendish received a warning letter in August from provincial health inspectors for failing to keep food at the right temperature.

Sunset Grocery Store was given a routine inspection by the Department of Health and Wellness on July 31.

Ryan Neale, manager of environmental health for the Chief Public Health Office.
Ryan Neale, manager of environmental health for the Chief Public Health Office.

Ryan Neale, manager of environmental health for the Chief Public Health Office, said four violations were found.

Inspectors noted a failure to maintain potentially hazardous food at a temperature of 4 C or colder, failure to provide adequate hand-washing facilities that are supplied and accessible, failure to provide accurate thermometers in the warmest area of all refrigeration units and failure to provide an appropriate procedure to verify sanitizer strength.

Neale said a re-inspection was conducted on Aug. 7 where all but one of the violations had been corrected.

Inspectors noted that the store was still failing to maintain potentially hazardous food at a temperature of 4 C or colder.

The department then issued the store a warning letter, the first step in a graduated list of enforcement used by health officials to correct violations.

A second follow-up inspection was conducted on Aug. 19, and all issues had been addressed.

Tyne Valley Firemen’s Club

The Tyne Valley Firemen’s Club also received a warning letter for failing to maintain potentially hazardous food at 4 C or colder.

A routine inspection was conducted on Aug. 23 where the health department noted two violations — the cold holding temperature issue as well as failing to provide a no-rinse, food grade, chemical sanitizing solution at the appropriate concentration.

A re-inspection was conducted on Sept. 4 where the club was still failing to maintain food 4 C or colder. Thus, a warning letter was issued.

Neale said the firemen's club had a technician in to fix the problem and all issues have been resolved.

Lily’s Convenience

Lily’s Convenience in Mount Stewart recently received two warning letters. The first was issued on Aug. 19 for operating without a valid license, which results in an automatic warning letter.

However, inspectors also noted other violations, including failure to provide adequate hand-washing facilities, failure to submit a water sample of analysis,; failure to receive, store, process and/or transport food or food packaging materials under conditions that prevent contamination and adulteration and failure to establish and maintain records verifying sanitizer strength test results.

A re-inspection was conducted on Sept. 3 where health officials issued a warning letter for two issues still not corrected — failure to provide hand-washing facilities equipped with single-use liquid soap in a dispenser and failure to establish and maintain records verifying sanitizer strength test results.

Neale said inspectors returned on Sept. 10, and all issues had been resolved.

Canada’s Best Value Inn & Suites

Canada’s Best Value Inn & Suites in Bedeque also received a warning letter in August.

Health inspectors carried out a routine inspection on July 16 and noted a failure to provide a no-rinse, food grade, chemical sanitizing solution at the appropriate concentration and failure to establish and maintain a record of dishwashing temperature readings or chemical sanitizer concentrations. Upon re-inspection on Aug. 2, that first violation was still an issue so a warning letter was issued. A second follow-up inspection Aug. 6 found all issues had been addressed.

Operating without a valid licence

The following food premises establishments also received warning letters for operating without a valid license: West Prince Video & Variety in Bloomfield; Cabana Corner at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market and Caledonia House Coffee, also at the farmers’ market.

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