New app lists public health advisories across Canada
Published Tuesday, May 29, 2012 8:38AM EDT
TORONTO - A new app might prove useful to Canadians heading out on a road trip this summer and seeking timely health-related information along the way.
The free app for Apple devices offers up-to-date details on public health and environmental advisories across the country, says its developer, Health & Safety Watch Inc.
"Everything can change very rapidly -- for example a destination that had safe drinking water when you left on your road trip may actually be under a boil water advisory by the time you arrive," says Jeff Aramini, company president and a former Health Canada senior public health epidemiologist.
The app shows local data based on a user's location. A search function also lets you plug in your itinerary.
The information comes from a variety of government agencies and departments. Among the listings are product, food and drug recalls across Canada, as well as public health inspection results for restaurants in Toronto.