Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Reviews

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Fed up with celebrity chefs drizzling sauces over undercooked pieces of meat? I am!

I regularly dine out and am happy to share my restaurant experiences, and views on food, with you.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Canadian Restaurants Safer Than Hospitals

Canadian Restaurants Safer Than Hospitals

It seems that Canadian hospitals have fewer infection control regulations than restaurants, and many don't have even the minimum number of staff they're supposed to employ to combat infections.

That at least is the conclusion of a CBC News investigation.

The report goes on to say that no level of government is in charge of monitoring infection controls at hospitals. The contrast with the restaurant industry could not be more stark, restaurants and cafes must pass regular health inspections or face being shut down.

The statistics for Canada are that about 250,000 patients a year contract at least one of the three most common infections that crop up in hospitals: MRSA, Clostridium difficile and necrotizing fasciitis. About 8,000 of those patients will die.

Cleanliness standards in hospitals in Canada, such as use of protective clothing, stricter handwashing rules and tough new cleaning dictates, are voluntary.

The lesson here is, if you want an operation in Canada, maybe you should ask your local restaurant to perform it.

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