Canada: Tattoo Parlors Go Unchecked
June 18, 2009
A Toronto Star investigation has found that no Toronto-area public health unit has consistently performed all the required annual inspections of tattoo and piercing parlors. The province has required such inspections since 1997. The Star investigation, which follows a tattoo parlor-related health scare in the Peel health region earlier this year, examined records from 2007 and 2008.
Lack of funding was the most commonly cited reason for not performing annual inspections. Some parlors were closed or had changed operations, said Joe La Marca, York Region's director of health protection. Health units also tended to prioritize various establishments that required an inspection according to levels of risk.
In addition to the parlors, Peel's 45 inspectors have to evaluate more than 5,000 food establishments, 500 recreational water facilities, and 150 child care centers. However, Peel officials say the region has now inspected all the parlors.
06.13.2009; Kenyon Wallace
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