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New Ontario Regulation 493/17

2019-04-23 10:01 AM

New Ontario Regulation 493/17

Working with Ontario's Public Health Units to Support the Implementation of the New Ontario Regulation 493/17 Regulation

O. Reg. 493/17, the new Ontario Food Premises Regulation, came into effect on July 1, 2018, modernizing the previous regulation which dated back to 1967. The Food Premises Regulation has removed outdated and redundant food premises requirements that no longer apply to modern foodservice establishments, offering foodservice operators more flexibility in areas like safe food preparation procedures, food handling, and cleaning and sanitizing procedures. The Regulation has also made it mandatory that at least one trained food handler be on premises for every working hour that the establishment is open for in order to minimize the risks of food poisoning and poor food safety practices.
 
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New Ontario Food Premises Regulations Require Food Safety Training

New Ontario Food Premises Regulations Require Food Safety Training

As of July 1, 2018, Ontario food safety regulations have changed drastically for food service operators around the province. Food Premises regulations under Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act will require restaurant and food service establishment operators to ensure the presence of at least one certified food handler through every shift. This regulatory update means big changes for Ontario restaurants, especially for small and midsize establishments. Here’s what you need to know about the new food premises regulations.
 
This has been a requirement of many municipalities in the past, but now smaller towns and cities without these regulations and food service businesses in rural Ontario are required to have a certified safe food handler onsite at all times.
 
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Issues We Encounter in Food Safety Training

Developing and implementing an effective food safety training program is essential to any business that deals with food, but it can present some challenges. Some of the challenges Food Safety Market has seen when performing our food safety training in Canada include a lack of uniformity regarding country-wide regulations and legislation, a lack of access to proper training, obligation to completing required courses, and a lack of engagement.   

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If you run a Canadian restaurant or other foodservice business, complying with the federal Food Retail and Food Services Code (FRFSC) can help you get most of the way to being in compliance with your local food safety regulations. But it is more helpful to know what the actual requirements and regulations are in your area, since the FRFSC is only a policy guidance document that various provincial and municipal bodies use to form their own food safety and public health regulations.

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Food safety regulations in Canada are generally made and enforced at the provincial and, in some cases, municipal levels.

Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are government agencies which play separate roles when it comes to restaurants, specifically policy creation and consumer protection.

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