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Food Safety Information and Resources

If you serve or prepare food as part of your business, it is incredibly important that you are familiar with safe food handling practices.

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

It is now a requirement under s.32 of this regulation for every operator of a food service premises 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 courses throughout the year at all of our Hastings Prince Edward Public Health locations.

We can also provide you with several resources to post or distribute at your workplace. These include:

If you would like to request any of the following food safety posters for your business, please speak to your Public Health Inspector or call the number below.

Need More Information About Food Safety Information and Resources?

For more information about food safety, our courses, or our available resources, call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext 677.

News, Research and Reports RELATED TO: Food Service Industry

Food Literacy Report 2017

PUBLISHED: Sunday December 31, 2017

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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

Please continue to our website for more information about our programs and services.