Algoma Public Health takes food safety very seriously.
Bacteria, viruses, parasites, mould and their toxins can live and/or grow in some foods, and cause food-borne illness. Common symptoms of food-borne illness can include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever or chills. Additional symptoms can include headaches, muscle pain and weakness.
Food poisoning can be especially dangerous for people with weakened immune systems (e.g. infants, the elderly, people taking immunosuppressant drugs, people with HIV/Aids) who are at higher risk for becoming seriously ill or even dying from the symptoms of food-borne illness, although healthy people may also suffer after-effects from food-borne illness and the effects can last a lifetime.
Algoma Public Health’s Environmental Health Department is responsible for the Food Safety Program, which is designed to protect the public through educational and enforcement strategies.
Public Health Inspectors are responsible for carrying out the Food Safety Program. This program involves:
- Assessing all food premises in the District of Algoma annually to determine their risk status.
- Inspecting all food premises to ensure compliance with Ontario Regulation 562 under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
- Ensuring that food handler training courses are available
- Providing food safety information to the community, non-profit community groups and to teachers.
- Conduct food recalls.
Everyone who handles food, whether at home for you and your family or at work for hungry customers, must take care to ensure food is handled and prepared safely. Food safety is everyone’s responsibility.
FOOD HANDLER TRAINING
Algoma Public Health encourages all individuals who prepare and serve food to the public receive food handler training. Food handler courses are offered regularly throughout the year by APH. Refer to course calendar or phone 705-759-5286 for dates/times and information. The cost of the course is $25.00 which includes a digital probe thermometer, food safety course manual and exam/certificate.
Sault College also offers safe food handling courses through their continuing education department. For additional information on registration, course dates and times, please contact Sault College directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or (705) 759-2554.
Another option is to register and complete an online training program called 'In Good Hands" by visiting their website at www.ingoodhands.ca. Once you complete their program, you may contact Algoma Public Health at 705-759-5286 to write the exam. Exam fee is $10.00.
For more information on food handler certification or to inquire about courses and information sessions offered in your area please contact your local Algoma Public Health office and ask to speak with a Public Health Inspector.
Food Safety: A Guide for Ontario's Foodhandlers
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