Ten food-serving establishments on P.E.I. received a warning letter from provincial health inspectors in May for operating without a valid operating licence.
That comes a month after the province gave all eateries a one-month’s grace period to renew those licences.
The warning letters are the first step in a graduated list of enforcement measures to make sure businesses are operating with valid licences and operating under the guidelines of the provincial health act.
The businesses receiving the letters were: Budley’s Restaurant on Maple Hills Avenue in Charlottetown; Canada’s Best Value Inn and Suites in Bedeque; David’s Restaurant in Morell; Kensington’s Your Independent Grocer; Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary; Mavor’s Bar and Bistro in Charlottetown; The Pilot House in Charlottetown; Pure Kitchen Catering – John Pritchard Cuisine in Charlottetown; Rodd Links at Crowbush Cove; and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 9 in Kensington.
All but one of those food premise establishments has since renewed their licence.
“The only outlier in that list, we’re just waiting for the application to come in, the renewal, (from) the Maple Leaf Curling Club and that’s just a licence issue,’’ said Kelly Hughes, a senior environmental health officer with the Department of Health and Wellness.
Other issues also arose during the initial routine inspection.
Budley’s Restaurant was flagged for a dishwater monitoring issue, failing to establish and maintain a record of the dishwashing temperature readings or chemical sanitizer concentrations. That issue has since been rectified.
Canada’s Best Value Inn and Suites was also flagged for the dishwater monitoring issue, and for failing to establish and maintain records verifying sanitizer strength test results. Those issues have since been corrected.
The legion in Kensington was also spotted over a food safety training issue. No employee present had valid food safety training at the time, but that issue has since been rectified.
Meanwhile, Ta Ke Sushi on Queen Street in Charlottetown was also flagged over the food safety training issue. Once again, that issue has been corrected since the initial inspection.
Issuing a warning letter is the first step in the graduated list of enforcement. The next step is notice of intent to issue a health order and the third, and most serious step, is the actual health order which gives inspectors the authority to shut down the business.