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Food court at St. Boniface Hospital shut down by health inspector

St. Boniface hospital is closing to most visitors, with some exceptions, after three outbreaks were declared in the span of eight days.
St. Boniface hospital is closing to most visitors, with some exceptions, after three outbreaks were declared in the span of eight days. File Photo

St. Boniface Hospital announced Wednesday the facility’s food court was forced to close after a recent health and safety inspection.

The hospital says Café Marché, which operates in the hospital’s main entrance, was found to be in violation of current standards for public eating establishments.

A provincial spokesperson told Global News the food court failed to prevent the entry and presence of rodents and insects.

The province said it was also found to be preparing food in unsanitary conditions, operating with poor general cleanliness.

“To be clear, this does not impact food that is prepared for our patients,” Micheline St-Hilaire, director of corporate affairs and communications for St. Boniface Hospital, wrote in a statement.

St-Hilaire says patient meals are provided by a separate kitchen at the hospital’s Patient Food and Services Department.

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The province says Café  Marché will be closed until the pest issue is under control, and passes a re-inspection.

 

There’s no word on when the food court will reopen, however St-Hilaire says the hospital is working with a contractor and the Environmental Health Branch to address the issues.

Global News has reached out to Café Marché for comment.

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