This handy website from the ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l' Alimentation du Québec keeps track of food industry health and safety scofflaws. The ministry reports that in 2012, a total of 1,010 restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, butchers, slaughterhouses and dairy farms were fined. The number is just under 300 for 2013. The vast majority of instances involve improper cleanliness, vermin, and inadequate storage of food. Major fines of over $3,000 have most recently been levied at Dépanneur St-Cuthbert in the Plateau, Euromarché Latina in Cartierville, Marché BK in Park Ex and Marché Kim Po in Côte-des-Neiges.
While no restaurants have faced fines as large as some of the smaller, ethnic grocery stores, a few have been hit hard. The worst culprits are located Downtown and in Chinatown. Mongolian Hot Pot on De La Gauchetière Ouest, for example, has been fined over $4,000 in 2013 for cleanliness and food storage violations. Just around the corner, Pho Bac on Saint-Laurent was fined $3,500 for negligent food storage. Other significant offenders include Callia, Tai Nature, Laitue & Go and Niu Kee. One surprise is Ruby Rouge, the popular and relatively new dim sum spot, which was hit with a $900 fine for lack of cleanliness.
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