There are many tasty treats to enjoy at the 141st Canadian National Exhibition (CNE, also known as the Ex), Toronto’s most iconic summer celebration. Toronto Public Health’s (TPH) food safety inspectors are working on site, behind the scenes, from opening day to Labour Day to inspect all food establishments to help ensure that residents are kept safe from foodborne illnesses.
The way food is produced, stored, handled and consumed affects the safety of food. DineSafe is TPH’s food safety program that inspects all establishments serving and preparing food in the city. TPH’s food safety inspectors’ work helps to make sure that residents and visitors can dine out in Toronto confident that food has been prepared in safe and healthy environments. For special and large-scale events like the Ex, TPH plans ahead and works with organizers to ensure that food safety is top of mind.
From now until closing day at the Ex, TPH will conduct food safety inspections of all food and drink stands, carts, kiosks and trucks on the midway and in the buildings so people can enjoy their food and beverages knowing that the places where they eat and drink are providing safe and healthy food options.
Similar to other food establishments in Toronto, all locations where food is sold at the Ex are required to post their food safety inspection results in a visible location. These signs will either be a green pass sign, a yellow conditional pass sign or a red closed notice based on the most recent inspection results. Inspection results are also posted on the searchable DineSafe website at https://www.toronto.ca/dinesafe.
“Toronto is known for its many great food experiences to be enjoyed all year long across our city. From stand-alone restaurants to our large community special events such as the Ex, which is one of the top largest fairs in North America, our food safety inspection team works hard behind the scenes throughout the festival to make sure that everyone who visits the Ex can be confident that their food and drinks are prepared in a safe and healthy environment.”
– Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health
“The Ex and its food and drink offerings is an annual tradition that residents and visitors look forward to at the end of the summer every year. With TPH’s food safety team’s hard work, people can remain confident that the food and beverages they purchase at the Ex are monitored for everyone’s safety.”
– Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 10 Spadina-Fort York), Chair of the Toronto Board of Health