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Safe Food

Under the Food Safety Protocol of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, Renfrew County and District Health Unit is required to provide a Food Safety Program to prevent or reduce the number of food poisonings.

The Health Unit responds to food poisoning outbreaks, food recalls, food contamination and consumer complaints, and food-related issues arising from floods, fires, power outages and other emergency situations.

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Public Health Inspectors enforce Ontario Regulation 493/17 in all places where food is prepared or offered for sale to the general public. Inspections ensure that food handled by restaurants and food services is stored, prepared and served safely.

If you are planning to open a food premise, Renfrew County and District Health Unit must be notified first.

You can review this fact sheet for food premise requirements.

Call 613-732-3629 extension 5 with any questions about food premise inspections.

 

To view recent food inspections, click here.

Inspection reports are also available through the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Contact us for more information.

 

Ontario Regulation 493/17 applies to church suppers, fairs, festivals, community functions and other special events that are open to the public.

Events that are hosted by religious or fraternal organizations or service clubs may be exempt from the law but are required to inform the Health Unit of their event. Organizers of all special events are required to send a completed food vendor application form at least ten days before the event.

To complete the application online click here.

A printable version is also available.

Call 613-732-3629 extension 5 with any questions about the food vendor application process.

The government of Ontario now requires there to be a certified food handler on site at all inspected food premises while open to the public.

The Health Unit provides free one-day Food Handler Training. Anyone can attend. Participants must pass an exam to qualify for Provincial Food Handler Certification.

Food poisoning occurs when a person gets sick from eating food that has been spoiled with harmful germs or chemicals. Food poisoning may cause stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever.

There are four core steps to reduce the chance of food poisoning when making food in your home.

  • Clean – wash your hands and surfaces often
  • Separate – don’t mix food with other foods
  • Cook – cook food to safe temperatures
  • Chill – get food into the fridge quickly

Holiday food safety tips

It’s important to understand how to prepare infant formula safely. For more information see the Infant Formula: What You Need to Know resource.

The Government of Canada suggests using a different source of drinking water, like bottled water, when preparing formula at the time of an algal bloom or when algal toxins are found in drinking water.

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