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Food Safety, How Do You Handle It?

Food Safety

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. Food safety is important to everyone; however, vulnerable populations such as seniors, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are at an increased risk for food poisoning.

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 O. Reg. 493/17: FOOD PREMISES. 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 HealthWise webpage


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 protected].