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Information for Food Premises Operators

All food premises operators are required by law to follow Ontario Food Premises Regulation ​493 (O. Reg. 493/17: Food Premses:)​ at all times. If foods are not handled safely, a food-borne illness could occur.

New food premises

Anyone planning to open or move a food premises must contact the Northwestern Health Unit and speak to a public health inspector to inform the health unit about the plans. The health unit can provide a new food premises with a package of information to assist them in meeting the Regulations and notification requirements.

Additional permits and licenses may be required from other provincial and municipal departments and agencies.

It is recommended that anyone operating a food premises be a certified food handler.  Learn more about the safe food handler course.

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