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A new online database that shows eight Nova Scotia
hospitals have food-safety violations may give the public the wrong
impression, a hospital official says.
Of the 12 hospitals inspected, eight were cited for
Terry Billard, food service
manager for the Capital District Health Authority, said the violation for HantsCommunityHospital
is too general.
"It would have been nice if it could have been
narrowed down a little bit more so that the public would have had a better
understanding of what that incident was. This is very open and leads you to
use your imagination on what might have been the issue at hand," she said
Billard said the violation refers to an incident during the
Maple Leaf meats recall, when an invoice identifying a case of meat wasn't
immediately available because it was being sent to the head office in Halifax.
Mike Horwich, the
province's director of food protection, said hospitals and facilities that
deal with sick people fall into a high-risk category that requires strict
Horwich said the health districts have always co-operated
with food inspectors and corrected problems quickly. As for the violations
listed on the website, he said it's possible many of them have been fixed
and inspectors just haven't been back yet to those hospitals.