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Food Guidelines and Information

Local Health Authorities administer the Food Premises Regulation under the Health Act in British Columbia. To this end, they licence, inspect, and respond to complaints regarding food facilities under their jurisdiction.
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Food safety training is a requirement of the Food Premises Regulation.  In BC, the FOODSAFE Level 1  course or its equivalent is recognized as meeting this requirement.  The local Health Authority administers the FOODSAFE education program in their region.  

List of equivalent FOODSAFE Level 1 courses.
For information on the FOODSAFE course equivalency process, contact Food Protection.

BCCDC Environmental Health Services provides policy and scientific advice to the local Health Authorities and public. One way this is done is by developing guidelines and food safety information that are used as a basis for programs administered by the Health Authorities. 

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These guidelines (below) are useful to operators of food facilities, who have the responsibility to ensure that food served to the public is safe (Part 2 of Food Safety Act).  Every operator must also have written food handling and sanitation procedures to ensure no health hazards occur at their premises (Division 6 of Food Premises Regulation)

Food Guidelines


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

Last Updated: January 7, 2015