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Food Safety, How Do You Handle It?

Food Safety

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

Recalls

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.

Presentations

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 inspections@porcupinehu.on.ca.