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Helping Toronto make healthier dining choices!

Toronto Public Health wants to help people make informed food choices when dining out. Our goal is to help create environments where people can make healthier food choices.

What’s New?

 Menu labelling enforcement

Now that the Healthy Menu Choices Act (Bill 45) is in effect and food service establishments with over 20 locations in Ontario have to post calories, you may be wondering how this new legislation will be enforced?

As of January 1st, 2017, public health staff that have been appointed by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to perform inspections supporting restaurant compliance. Toronto Public Health Inspectors will be enforcing the new regulations during existing routine inspections of Toronto food service establishments.

Toronto Public Health inspectors will use a progressive enforcement approach which includes: carrying out education visits, inspections, and responding to complaints regarding the posting of calories in restaurants under the legislation. Progressive enforcement means the use of warnings and more stringent fines to reflect the frequency and severity of the level of non-compliance by the restaurant operator.

Customers and Toronto restaurant operators who have questions or concerns about menu labelling are encouraged to phone 416-338-7600 for more information.

 

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Navigating the summer food festival scene

Summer weather is here…..finally! With summer weather comes a barrage of local festivals and community events with food vendors and food trucks offering delicious street foods a plenty. Unfortunately, these venues are typically exempt from the new menu labelling legislation, so most likely you will not see calories listed on the menu boards to help inform your selections.  Only food service establishments with 20 or more locations across Ontario are required to Read more…