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Food Monitoring

BC has a food monitoring program, known as the Food Quality Check Sampling Program.

The intent of the Food Quality sampling program is to provide a service to Environmental Health Officers (EHO’s) that allows for collection of food and sanitation / environmental samples during inspections (especially as a result of observed infractions and complaints) and to allow a targeted “market basket survey” of products available to consumers. 
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Results from these types of tests, largely bacteriological results on food samples and sanitation checks collected during inspections are used for various purposes including food handling and sanitation education. The program is currently co-managed by Food Protection Services at BCCDC with the 5 Health Authority Directors of Health Protection, and the laboratory component is managed by the Director of PHSA Laboratory Environmental Services at BCCDC.

The yearly reports on the Food Quality Sampling Program are designed to provide summary information to EHO’s about “at risk”  foods, and are entirely based on the results from foods sampled and submitted to the BCCDC Food Laboratory by EHO’s, or as a result of targeted projects.  The samples collected are not random and therefore not representative of all the foods consumed by the public in BC.  As such, it’s not recommended to make generalizations about the BC food supply based on these results.

Summaries of annual testing are available for

2007 (in progess)
2006 2005

The information on these pages represent the work we do on behalf of the public, industry and government.  Some of this information was written for the general public and some was written in technical language for public health.

Contact us
Food Protection Services phone 604-707-2440
NCC Environmental Health phone 604-829-2551
Poison Control Centre phone 604-682-5050 or 1-800-567-8911
Laboratory phone 604-707-2611

Last Updated: January 7, 2014