CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. –
For the second time in less than six months, the Chinese restaurant in Charlottetown was forced by provincial health inspectors to close the door.
And it's not the word when you can re-open the unique work on Grafton Street.
Provincial health officials dropped out of the restaurant on a routine inspection on January 21 and recorded 30 separate violations, including the presence of insects and rodents.
"The violations that affect the health of the environment are critical violations," said Ryan Neale, senior environmental officer for the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
"It is a violation that, if left unchecked, or if the standard goes down, there is real potential for the public to be affected … there is potential for food-borne diseases."
Some of the critical violations that have been recorded include cold temperatures. Foods were not kept at 4 ° C or cooler. And when it was hot keeping temperatures, the food was not kept at 60 ° C or warmer.
"Another important standard that is maintained in the food equipment is good hand hygiene, and in this case there are no workstations for hand washing, thus preventing their ability to wash their hands and have good hygiene practices. ;
The inspectors also noted that because of the possibility of cross-contamination, a significant amount of food was discarded and cross-contamination was found to exist.
Neale said that in one case there was no separation between raw meat and potentially prepared foods.
"You can not have raw meat coming in contact with food that could be ready to eat."
Surfaces that come into contact with food were also not made of smooth, non-absorbent material that could easily be cleaned and Neale added that they were not kept clean and hygienic.
There has also been a problem with the dishwashing practice. Neale said that at the time of the inspection it was not possible for the dishes and equipment for food preparation to be sanitized.
"And during the inspection, evidence of insects and rodents was recorded, and the operator attempted a pest protection program, which was marked, but it certainly was not effective."
The unique Wok was previously closed on August 15 due to a serious number of violations. It reopened on 22 August.
However, Neale believes that the department does not even allow the restaurant to be reopened in the foreseeable future.
"Our next focus in the coming weeks will be to meet the operator to discuss how he plans to meet the requirements of the report he has been provided with and, more importantly, how he intends to maintain the standard that is required to run his facilities safely and protect public health. "
- P.E.I. provincial health inspectors carry out more than 3,000 inspections every year on food premises
- The Department of Health and Wellness also annually conducts more than 1,500 consultations with food service operators