Food Safety is an important aspect of any food related business.
To ensure food offered to the public is safe to consume, all owners and operators of a food premises, including those at special events, must be knowledgeable of and comply with Ontario Regulation 493/17: Food Premises. In fact, it is now a requirement under s.32 of this regulation for every operator of a food service premise to ensure at least one food handler or supervisor has successfully completed certified food handler training and is on the premises during every hour in which the premises is operating.
To assist with this, we offer comprehensive food handler training throughout the year at all of our Hastings Prince Edward Public Health locations.
Visit our Clinics & Classes menu tab for information on Food Handler Training Courses.
Guidelines for Opening a Food Premises in Hastings Prince Edward Public Health:
1. Complete a Notification of Food Premises Opening form.*
* Under the Health Protection and Promotion Act it is a requirement to notify public health of intention to commence a food premises. Failure to do so may result in fines.
2. Submit completed form to Hastings Prince Edward Public Health at least 14 business days before the opening of the establishment to arrange for a pre-opening inspection with the area public health inspector.
All newly constructed food premises or those undergoing significant alterations must also:
3. Submit two sets of plans showing the layout of the food preparation areas and equipment.
Mobile Food Premise
The Food Premises Regulation outlines some specific requirements for mobile food premises.
"Mobile food premise means a trailer, cart or vehicle-mounted food premise or other itinerant food premise which is capable of being readily moved and in which food is prepared and offered for sale to the public" (O. Reg. 493/17: Food Premises).
If you are an ORGANIZER or a FOOD VENDOR at an upcoming special event (e.g. fundraisers, community/religious/service club events) that serves food to the general public, please complete and submit the applicable form(s) to Hastings Prince Edward Public Health:
Special Event/Farmers' Market - Organizer Notification (to be completed by event ORGANIZER)
Special Event/Farmers' Market - Food Vendor Notification (a separate form is to be completed by each FOOD VENDOR attending the event)
Note: Religious organizations, service clubs, or fraternal organizations are exempt from the Food Premises Regulation provided they:
- Complete and submit the Special Event/Farmers' Market - Organizer Notification form.
- Post the Notice to Patrons sign in a conspicuous place at the entrance to the premises.
- Complete the Donors of Potentially Hazardous Food form (if applicable).
If you are an ORGANIZER* or a FOOD VENDOR at a farmers' market, please complete and submit the applicable form(s) to Hastings Prince Edward Public Health:
Special Event/Farmers' Market - Organizer Notification (to be completed by farmers' market ORGANIZER)
Special Event/Farmers' Market - Food Vendor Notification (a separate form is to be completed by each farmers' market FOOD VENDOR)
* The farmers' market organizer must speak with a public health inspector to establish whether the market is exempt or not from the Food Premises Regulation.
Refer to the Farmers' Market factsheet for important food safety information.
Home Based Food Premises
A home based business is permitted under the revised Health Protection and Promotion Act provided the premises is inspected by the local health unit and complies with the Food Premises Regulation. Follow the guidelines above for opening a food premises.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Food Safety Signs
If you would like to request a food safety poster for your business please speak to your public health inspector.
Visit our Food Safety page to learn more.
For any further food safety questions, please contact Healthy Environments at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803 ext 677.