VAUGHAN, Ont. — Recipe Unlimited announced last week that with the support of Health Canada and the Ministry of Health for the Province of Ontario, it will begin offering antigen rapid tests across its restaurants in Ontario. Starting today, frontline employees at participating locations will be tested twice per week, with the intention of rolling out testing nationally as similar programs are established in other provinces across the country.
Recipe is utilizing Abbott’s Panbio Rapid Antigen tests, which were approved for use by Health Canada in October of last year. It’s non-invasive and can be self-administered.
“Offering this test to our frontline teammates, now that it has been made available to us, is the right thing to do for them, for our guests and for our communities,” says Frank Hennessey, CEO, Recipe Unlimited.
This initiative is another component of Recipe’s “Social-Safely” program, which provides a transparent view for customers of the protocols, procedures and practices implemented at Recipe restaurants to help keep teammates and guests safe. These protocols include strict food-safety and standard operating procedures, independent third-party audits and rigorous safety training programs. In addition, Recipe and its franchisee partners have amplified safety procedures throughout the pandemic and invested in additional training and protective equipment.
“Our industry has always been held to high health-and-safety standards. As Canada’s largest full-service restaurant company, we’re continually looking at every possible precaution to minimize any risk associated with working or dining in restaurants, and we believe that publicly sharing updates to our Social-Safely approach will help restore customer confidence,” says Hennessey.