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Introduction into Operating a Food Premises
The goal of the Health Unit's Food Safety Program is to "improve the health of the population by reducing the incidence of foodborne illness". As consumers you are individuals, families, community groups, agencies, health and education facilities, commercial organizations and the community as a whole in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark and in particular those that prepare food for human consumption.
The Food Safety program is planned for delivery by Health Unit staff in a cost effective manner incorporating strategies such as promotion, education, inspection/enforcement, food sampling and developing community partnerships. (You may require approvals and permits from other provincial and municipal departments and agencies.)
We believe that access to a safe supply of food is a vital component in ensuring that the people of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark County achieve and maintain health. We further believe that people have a right to a safe supply of food.
We recognize that most incidents of foodborne illness are preventable and most are associated with improper food handling practices. We support the idea that food handlers must be trained to identify and react appropriately to potential causes of foodborne illness. We acknowledge that food safety issues are present within our homes as well as in public food premises. We believe, that in addition to food handler training, effective inspection and enforcement strategies are required.
The Health Protection Department at the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, has authority under the Health Protection and Promotion Act and the Ontario Building Code Act regarding regulations respecting both food premises and sewage disposal.
Operating a food premises may require approvals and permits from other provincial and municipal departments and agencies. The following are some sources you should consult when planning a food premises. This list should not be considered complete and is provided only as a guide.
- Municipal, town or city building Inspectors for building permits
- Municipal, town or city zoning departments for zoning by-laws
- Fire Marshall's Office
- Liquor License Board of Ontario
Information for Food Premises Operators