BY DON PEAT ,CITY HALL BUREAU CHIEF
TORONTO – Don’t swallow this scam.
Toronto Public Health issued a warning Friday about fake restaurant inspectors selling first aid kits.
Public health has received 10 calls this week about people claiming to be inspectors and trying to sell $300 first aid kits to restauranteurs, a spokesman said.
There may be more victims of the scam if some food operators that were approached by the fraudsters haven’t yet contacted public health, officials said.
“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,” Jim Chan, TPH’s food safety manager, stated in a press release.
“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.”
Officials encouraged restauranteurs to call public health to verify an inspector’s identity and stressed that the inspectors carry badges and photo identification.
A public health spokesman also pointed out under Ontario’s food premises rules there is no requirement for a first aid kit.
Courtesy Toronto Sun
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