Food safety is important in both the food service industry and at home. By taking the proper steps, we can ensure that the food we are preparing is safe.
There are four basic steps for handling food safely: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill.
In addition to these four basic steps, food premises that serve food to the public, such as restaurants and grocery stores, must comply with the requirements of the Ontario Food Premises Regulation. To ensure compliance with the regulation, the Porcupine Health Unit regularly inspects food premises and provides education on safe food handling practices.
Critical infractions, charges, and closures are posted on the Porcupine EatWise webpage
On occasion, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issues food recalls alerts and allergy alerts for all food products where consumption of the food could cause serious health effects. Alerts can also be subscribed to via email.
The Certified Food Handler Course is provided by the Porcupine Health Unit Inspection staff to provide food safety education based on the Ontario Food Premise Regulations to food premise operators.
Handwashing presentations are also available for facilities and can be scheduled by contacting the Duty Inspector at 705-267-1181 or toll free at 1-800-461-1818. The inspection department can also be contacted by email at email@example.com.
Everyone who handles food must take care to ensure food is handled and prepared safely. Food safety is everyone's responsibility. The most effective method for preventing food-borne illnesses is food handler education.
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A food safety newsletter for food service workers
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Porcupine EatWise provides the public with information regarding critical infractions that a Public Health Inspector identifies during an inspection of a food premise in the Porcupine Health Unit district. This site will also provide information on charges regarding both critical and non-critical infractions and closures.