January 18, 2017 - The Thunder Bay District Health Unit’s new DineWise program launched today in the City of Thunder Bay. TBDHU’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Janet DeMille, was on hand to post the first DineWise scorecard. The first restaurant to receive a sign was Chinese Express, located at 601 Arthur Street West.
Changes to Thunder Bay’s licensing bylaws now require businesses that serve food to the public, including restaurants and food trucks, to post a scorecard displaying their most recent food safety inspection grade at entrances and pick-up windows. The grade will be assigned by a public health inspector based on the results of a food safety inspection.
The program was designed to improve compliance with food safety standards and legislation with the goal of reducing the risk of foodborne illness.
This type of public disclosure of food safety inspections may be new for Thunder Bay, but it is common practice for most other health units across the province of Ontario. Thunder Bay’s DineWise program will inform the public of the condition of the food premises at the time of the last inspection and provide customers with point-of-sale information they can use to make decisions about where they want to eat.
All City of Thunder Bay licensed eating establishments and refreshment vehicles will have a scorecard posted by the end of 2017.
For more information the public is invited to visit the Health Unit’s website at TBDHU.COM or call a public health inspector, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at 625-5900.
Photo: (L-R) Torsten Schulz and Abby Mackie, both public health inspectors, and Lee Sieswerda, manager of environmental health showing the new DineWise scorecards.