Restaurants: Beware Of Fraudulent Health Inspections

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TORONTO — Toronto Public Health (TPH) is warning Toronto-area restaurant operators to beware of fraudulent health inspectors.

“If you are contacted by someone claiming to be a Toronto Public Health inspector attempting to schedule an inspection, asking for personal information or selling first-aid kits, contact your local police department,” said Jim Chan, food safety manager with Toronto Public Health.

“Legitimate public-health inspectors do not call ahead to schedule inspections. In most cases, inspections are unannounced. As well, TPH inspectors do not sell first-aid kits to food operators.”

TPH and the Toronto Police Service have received inquiries in the past week from Toronto foodservice operators who have been contacted by individuals claiming to be health inspectors, and telling them they must purchase a first-aid kit for $300. According to The Globe and Mail, the agency is aware of approximately 10 recent cases of fraudulent activity.

Inspectors carry a badge and a photo identification card.

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