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This week on DineSafe: Alimento, E Mart, Farm Fresh Supermarket, Hong Tai Supermarket, Pho House, Thai Express, Thai One On, The Y Cafe

Posted by Robyn Urback / January 15, 2013

toronto dinesafe public healthThis week on DineSafe, it was back to regular unsanitary-restaurant-busting, with a couple of offending grocery stores thrown into the mix, too. Farm Fresh Supermarket again proved that its name might be more aspirational than descriptive, landing on the DineSafe low list with a total of 14 infractions. A couple of downtown spots were branded with conditional passes, too, including Thai One On on Queen West and Alimento down on King. Here's a glimpse at some of the DineSafe reports this week.

Alimento (500 King St W)
Inspected on: January 9
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 9 (Minor: 2, Significant: 6, Crucial: 1)
Crucial infractions include: Inadequate food temperature control

E Mart (698 Bloor St W)
Inspected on: January 9
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 8 (Minor: 3, Significant: 4, Crucial: 1)
Crucial infractions include: Failure to protect food from contamination

Farm Fresh Supermarket (4466 Sheppard Ave E)
Inspected on: January 8
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 14 (Minor: 5, Significant: 6, Crucial: 2)
Crucial infractions include: Inadequate food temperature control

Hong Tai Supermarket (2555 Victoria Park Ave)
Inspected on: January 9
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 4 (Minor: 1, Significant: 1, Crucial: 2)
Crucial infractions include: Inadequate food temperature control

Pho House (610 Gerrard St E)
Inspected on: January 10
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 7 (Minor: 2, Significant: 3, Crucial: 2)
Crucial infractions include: Failure to protect food from contamination, inadequate food temperature control

Thai Express (2061 Steeles Ave W)
Inspected on: January 9
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 4 (Minor: 2, Significant: 1, Crucial: 1)
Crucial infractions include: Inadequate food temperature control

Thai One On (500 Queen St W)
Inspected on: January 10
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 7 (Minor: 2, Significant: 4, Crucial: 0)
Crucial infractions include: N/A

The Y Cafe (55 John St)
Inspected on: January 10
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 7 (Minor: 1, Significant: 6, Crucial: 0)
Crucial infractions include: N/A

Discussion

34 Comments

mynamesnotmaybe / January 15, 2013 at 08:47 am
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Alimento received a pass 2 days later (January 11th; well before this article was actually published); it had zero infractions that day. I am disappointed with the attempt by blog to to bring down an establishment. People come to this website, like it or not, for information and when you make a statement that a restaurant/food emporium received a conditional pass with 6 significant infractions you deliberately generate a negative image of a place (especially when you forget to mention that 2 days later when they had another health inspection they had no infractions). Its just irresponsible.
Asim replying to a comment from mynamesnotmaybe / January 15, 2013 at 09:05 am
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When you receive a "significant" hazard rating, you are given 2 days (24-48 hours) to correct the situation in order to get a "pass". By the standards you have suggested this website use, for their weekly "Dinesafe" report, it would be very difficult to accurately report most infractions unless that 24-48 hour window was in place at time of publishing.

If you were presenting that this website has a personal bias that this website has to "bring down" the establishment, you may have also mentioned some other establishments other than Alimento (e.g. Pho House, Thai Express) which have received a pass on or before publishing date.

All-in-all, it comes across more that you seem to be an agent of Alimento other than someone who is concerted about responsible journalism.
Mikey replying to a comment from Asim / January 15, 2013 at 09:29 am
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I was just going to say, "OOOhhh, looks like the Alimento management/ownership is mmmmmaaaadddd. YO just adequately control your temperatures bro."
Bob the builder / January 15, 2013 at 10:45 am
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Alimento ---

Get your shit together. People notice infractions, a day old, or a month old. It's all GROSS.
Half your place is empty and dead anyways.

Looks like a cover for something else ...

Your employees in the "deli" stand around EATING meat from the case. I walk by that alley a few times a day, every single day and see them often enough cramming food in there mouths ... it's freakin' NASTY.

As someone who knows how often that inventory is turned, I never shop there.
No one in the direct neighborhood does. We've all noticed.
Alex replying to a comment from Bob the builder / January 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm
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ewww. thanks for the info. On that note, it is pretty sad that they can't just be hygienic. If you want food, take a break and eat it at a table instead. the previous results will show up on DineSafe. A new "pass" 2 days later doesn't negate the previous results.
LJ replying to a comment from Bob the builder / January 15, 2013 at 01:44 pm
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I bought a calabrese chub there last week and it was rancid. Honestly, how often does cured meat go bad? only at Alimento it seems. I only shop there because they carry Thornloe Cheese.
Ryan replying to a comment from mynamesnotmaybe / January 15, 2013 at 01:54 pm
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@mynamesnotmaybe
If you want your restaurant to stay out of lists like these, get your shit together.

Blame yourself, not BlogTO
mynamesnotmaybe replying to a comment from Asim / January 15, 2013 at 01:55 pm
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funny enough I dont work there, nor do I know anyone who works there--so I genuinely dont have any vested interest in the place. I'm not really even a fan of the place considering that their prices are outrageous for what you getting (st. Lawrence market is closer to where I live, and I can get the same products for a fraction of the price). My problem is that Alimento and a lot of higher grade dining places seem to be targeted unfairly, partially due to the fact that it will get more hits to the website. I'm generally a fan of blogto--I enjoy its coverage on weekend events and its daily brew. Why not target repeat offenders though and restaurants that dont change their behaviour?

For the record; again I dont work there and I dont know the management. I have maybe been there once or twice (once when it opened because I was curious, i found it to be overpriced but good quality...not worth buying though. The second time I went because St. Lawerence market is closed on Mondays and I needed a specific cheese for my pasta). Im the kind of person who doesnt even frequent restaurants too often (maybe once every other week or once a month) as I prefer to prepare all of my own meals from scratch--its the only way I can ensure I get what I like and that the food is handled to the standard I prefer.
MrPotato / January 15, 2013 at 02:03 pm
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Only a potato would go to Alimento! Shut er down and head back to Woodbridge where salami and cheese belongs!
mynamesnotmaybe replying to a comment from Ryan / January 15, 2013 at 02:30 pm
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again; I dont work for alimento.
MrsP replying to a comment from mynamesnotmaybe / January 15, 2013 at 02:35 pm
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Hey mynamesnotmaybe , please go read the dinesafe PAST reports on Alimento. They've actually HAD THE SAME INFRACTIONS over and over!!!
It's not a one time 'whoops'.

SMH.
Alex / January 15, 2013 at 02:51 pm
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Dinesafe is not an attack on restaurants. It's a tax-payer funded, Toronto Public Health maintained rating system to provide insight to consumers so they can avoid becoming ill with food poisoning or worse. It is public information. It is not blogTO pointing fingers, just linking to public info and providing key facts. Get over it!
mynamesnotmaybe replying to a comment from MrsP / January 15, 2013 at 02:57 pm
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only they have passed all other inspections...and the infractions were different. all prior infractions were corrected on the spot.
I will share this however; and someone who is friends with a health inspector--it is actually very easy to fail a health inspection and get infractions though very small mistakes. He always makes the joke that if I ran a restaurant the way I run my kitchen I'd fail--the standards for a lot of restaurants are much higher than what most people assume
mynamesnotmaybe replying to a comment from Alex / January 15, 2013 at 03:01 pm
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they why not cover ALL the restaurants who fail or get conditional passes? My issue isnt with dinesafe; but with the fact that a restaurant is being protrayed inaccurately
pho-no / January 15, 2013 at 03:20 pm
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Pho House how could you!? I'm so sad that I need to find a new pho place.
matts replying to a comment from mynamesnotmaybe / January 15, 2013 at 04:36 pm
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Please stop, your failing is hurting me
mynamesnotmaybe replying to a comment from matts / January 15, 2013 at 04:43 pm
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how am I failing exactly?
Alex replying to a comment from mynamesnotmaybe / January 15, 2013 at 05:15 pm
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BlogTO DOES provide the info for all establishments who have gotten yellow or red. Did you not notice the other 7 establishments mentioned in this very article?

http://www.toronto.ca/health/dinesafe/index.htm?show=detail&;id=107682 So, it is not inaccurate to say at the time of writing the article (not printing) they had a yellow.

Do you like when food prep workers wash their hands? They had no functional hand sink or soap available. Do you enjoy having food kept in the "danger zone" for 4 hours+? They didn't have proper food temp control. Do you expect someone will process food on a clean workspace? They didn't.

I have no idea how they morphed into top form in 2 days but hey, the inspector felt all was well. The new green status doesn't excuse the previous results though - it is deplorable they failed that many crucial aspects of the inspection; sets terrible precedent. It is possible the new results were not updated on DineSafe on the same day.
Alex / January 15, 2013 at 05:20 pm
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I know the regs inside and out dude. Did placements w/ Algoma Public Health when they had the summer student program (that got nixed recently). I still have blank inspection reports at home to refer to. I graduated from Rye High in the Environmental Health program...now to find a job. Oh wait, Mr. Ford isn't hiring.
C / January 15, 2013 at 06:06 pm
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nooooo! I ate at that Thai One On today! NOOOOOOOO!!!
rationality replying to a comment from Bob the builder / January 16, 2013 at 01:46 pm
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Bob, your rant epitomizes the notion of sensationalism and aggrandizement. You subvert what otherwise is a rather pedestrian matter into scandal. An objective person would not regard this as controversial as you do. Truth is they did not fail the inspection, hence any deficiency was not egregious or cause for alarm. It ought to be considered in its totality. Upon order there was a mandate to correct them. They corrected it with dispatch and received a pass some 48 hours later. In the interim their operations were uninterrupted. This is not symptomatic of the establishment. Rather, as a patron there I can attest to these being minor one-offs. They actually answered the call of duty and rectified in exemplary fashion. Overall, their upkeep is impeccable. An overwhelming majority of establishments are deficient upon inspection in some way, shape and form. It’s ubiquitous and common throughout the city. See for yourself. Yet you are selective in who you ultimately criticize. Hmmmmm!

What in fact is gross is you making accusations without qualification or proof. Accusing hard working employees in the manner you did is irresponsible. I am a proponent of free speech and for the unfettered flow of opinions. However, there is a fine line between this and defamation. You claim that this is prevalent yet you are the only individual to have witnessed it. You are clearly in the minority in your opinion. For every one ludicrous comment like yours there are 100 glowing ones. Unsubstantiated accusations are nothing more than hot air and usually the product of spiteful and malicious folks. Conversely, what is more credible and evident in your diatribe is that you are governed by ulterior motives, perhaps even an abettor of another (competitor, enemy or otherwise), to misrepresent the situation for self interest. Are you a recruit with this agenda? If not, then there’s no accounting for myopia and subjectivity. You are an opportunistic lout who, under the veil of anonymity, projects him/her self as a crusader. Perhaps instead of being cowardly and composing an unproven, invective tirade you should approach those who you purport are responsible and convey your concerns. Perhaps even to management. To simply use this platform to accuse supports the fact that you are self-serving. How the occurrence of lack of soap in a dispenser in that one isolated moment serves as a basis for your comments is baffling. You are obliged to be more elucidating. Moreover, despite being buttressed by some others on this board (to wit, ‘alex’ or potato - who has been a past irritant of alimento), does not neutralize how reckless and negligent your piece is. You should take a page out of the propriety, tact and manners of ‘mynamesnotmaybe’. This individual is objective, unbiased and unprejudiced. You could learn much from that approach.

To discredit you further you opine that the establishment is a ‘cover’ for something. How offensive, inflammatory and provocative is that? It is nothing short of slanderous. I’d submit that you are a ‘cover’ for someone or some other. Based on all this, how anyone gives credence to anything you posit is puzzling and ought not to be dignified in any way. You are a bantering fool fortified by the fact that you cannot be subject to reparations for what you spew herein. Continue being a capricious pawn - good luck with that. Everyone at some point and to someone is responsible for their words and actions. With that, in the immortal words of the principal in Billy Madison: Bob the Builder, ‘what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul’.
rationality replying to a comment from MrPotato / January 16, 2013 at 02:03 pm
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mr potato, you are an even bigger prize than bob-the-builder. the implication and undertone of your comment is nothing but racist and bigoted. you obviously harbour profound, nasty sentiments. clearly you are a terrible being. your parents must be proud of you. again another who, cloaked in anonymity, makes such arrogant, offensive, and despicable statments. you are another who deserves no audience. you like to think you are a brazen individual but i think otherwise. i defy you - perhaps quit being a coward, identify yourself, go to woodbridge and on a pulpit publicly make this statement to a live audience. let's see how long you last!!! loser
hey mr alimento / January 16, 2013 at 07:48 pm
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dumb ass owner just won't let this die, will you?!

HJAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!!makes you look even worse. seriously dude.
ps / January 16, 2013 at 07:49 pm
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next time i see your employees 'snacking' behind the counter, i PROMISE to take a pic. xo
kootz replying to a comment from ps / January 17, 2013 at 10:50 am
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skippy, you are the one hanging out in an alley way and peeping through windows and yet 'rationality' looks worse???? wow! the question is, are you serious? you seem to be the cracker in this scenario. talk about a person of suspicion next time the cops are on the hunt for a stalker.

note that when you go on your 'peeping tom' crusade, your mug will also be captured by the surveillance cameras out there. so i wouldn't be too confident about maintaining your 'cover' if i were you. you won't be too hard to identify - not many sane people do these types of weirdo things!!! that is, if it hasn't been blown already - the world is a small place pal. i'd advise that you take your cuckoo meds and check yourself into a loonie bin to try and salvage your pathetic, trouble-making life. or at the very least ask your enablers for a raise - to be putting yourself out like this as a supreme irritant and nuisance, you better be making some good dough. if not, you should probably think twice about your shenanigans.
gene / January 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm
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OH MY GOD!!! FARM FRESH you were my spot!! hope you're on your feet again!
person who cares a lot / January 17, 2013 at 11:11 pm
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THE Y CAFE IS REALLY PRETTY GREAT I have to say this is so not a surprise to anyone who has ever worked in the food industries. it is freaking HARD to keep everything in tip top condition at all times, especially in bigger places. I'll keep going to the Y cafe. I know it's not serious.
Lu8y / January 17, 2013 at 11:13 pm
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PHO HOUSE IS WHERE IVE BEEN GOING SINCE I MOVED HERE AND MAKES ME FEEL AT HOME SO I WILL KEEP GOING BECAUSE ITS NOT SCARING ME TO SEE THIS PASS. THESE PEOPLE WRITING ARE SO BORING GOING ON AND ON ABOUT A BUNCH OF MEANINGLESS NOTHING.
Lu8y / January 17, 2013 at 11:14 pm
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CAN ANYONE RECOMMEND A GOOD PLACE TO EAT HOME MADE NOODLES OR DUMPLINGS?????
HEY MISTER LIVES ON THE INTERNET / January 17, 2013 at 11:17 pm
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can't all y'all move on and get some lives apart from writing comments on webpages and bickering with each other? this is silly. EMART IS THE %$# and I will not hear anyone put them down.
bern replying to a comment from hey mr alimento / January 17, 2013 at 11:18 pm
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maybe everyone should start growing their own food in their homes using hydroponics.
Yoo Hoo replying to a comment from Lu8y / January 17, 2013 at 11:19 pm
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Mothers Dumplings is amazing.
Yoo Hoo replying to a comment from Lu8y / January 17, 2013 at 11:20 pm
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Good noodles at the bright pearl too. Happy hour starts at 1pm.
paul smith スーツ / November 29, 2013 at 04:43 am
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