Food Safety for People Working in Food Services Information

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Becoming a Certified Food Handler helps you increase the quality of your business and learn safe food-handling practices.

Mandatory Food Handler Certification By-Law Passed

By-law No. 163-11 Respecting Mandatory Food Handler Certification came into effect on December 14, 2011 and requires an owner or operator of a food establishment to ensure that there is at least one Certified Food Handler working during all hours of operation. To support owners and operators in our community, the Health Department is offering several options to complete the food handler certification training including online study guides, a full-day course and on-site training.

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A Copy of the bylaw can be found here: 163-11 Respecting Mandatory Food Handler Certification (PDF file)

How does the Mandatory Food Handler Certification By-Law affect me?

The by-law requires an owner/operator of a food establishment to ensure that there is at least one certified food handler working during all hours of operation. Certified food handlers must be able to show his/her Food Handler Certificate along with photo identification at the request of Halton Region public health inspectors.

What types of food establishments are included in the by-law?

All high-risk and moderate-risk food premises including: full-service restaurants, fast-food restaurants, food take-outs, child care facilities, hospitals, long-term care homes, schools, bakeries, and some grocery stores. Low-risk food premises, such as convenience stores, are not included under this by-law.

How do I become a certified food handler in Halton Region?

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