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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Kensington Market fish store shut down due to Rat infestation

A fish market in Kensington Market is expected to remain closed until Friday after it was shut down this week by Toronto Public Health for a severe rat infestation.
New Seaway Fish Market on Baldwin St. had been issued a conditional pass in November after inspectors found the beginning of a rat infestation problem.
But when inspectors went to investigate a new complaint Monday, they found a severe rat infestation, said Jim Chan, manager of food safety program for Toronto Public Health.

“They didn’t comply with the initial order to take care of it,” Chan said.
“Due diligence is important and if they see early signs of infestation, they should contact pest control right away.”
Owner Kim Chou said he takes full responsibility for the rat problem and hopes his customers will continue to come in and shop.
“This had gone too far and it got out of my control,” he said Thursday. “We will do better to keep it clean. We’re supposed to find it earlier and it was our fault that we didn’t do it.
“I hope the customer will understand we had this problem and it’s solved and come back.”
A Reddit user contacted Toronto Public Health after posting a photo of three rats to the popular social media website.
The inspector closed the shop immediately and monitored the shop’s owners as they handled a number of rat-related issues.
Chan said the basement was in need of major repairs.
“It had a lot of holes and serious plumbing issues,” he said, making it easy for rats to get into the shop. “The inspector issued an order to rodent-proof the whole basement area to prevent them from coming into the market.”
The shop was issued a pass on Wednesday afternoon. Chan said the shop is expected to open Friday after it is restocked. “They had to throw everything out,” he said.
Rats can sneak through a hole the size of a quarter, Chan added. Wherever there is warmth and possibility for food – a fish market, a restaurant, even a home – if there is a way, they’ll get in.
However, he added, “If (shopkeepers) maintain a good sanitation level and take immediate action, they aren’t hard to control.”

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