Tribunal Refuses to Shut Down Unhealthy Food Carts
If you're known to enjoy a hot dog or sausage from Toronto's food carts, this may make you think twice before purchasing one.
A Toronto Star investigation has found that in the past 4 years more than 55 food carts in this city have received health warnings, but it really focuses in on the owner of a fleet of hotdog carts. Elisaveta Moskova has been selling hotdogs and sausages for nearly 20 years.
The Star report says she has the greatest number of carts with infractions and the city recently tried to shut her down permanently but a tribunal of the Toronto Licensing Commission refused, even though that panel agreed the conditions at one of her carts at Queen and Simcoe was a "horrific health situation."
Her license was suspended but not cancelled. Even though last fall, city inspectors found five dead mice and more than 150 mouse droppings in the one cart. Other violations included condiments left exposed at unattended carts, no thermometers to measure temperature, no running water or a place for operators to thoroughly wash their hands, operators failing to wash their hands, and hotdogs found defrosting in a white plastic garbage bag.
The city does not require hotdog carts to display their health inspection results, even though city restaurants must. The Dine Safe website also has inspection information on 120 fixed location hotdog carts, but it doesn't have any results of the other 366 mobile ones.