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Food Protection Services

Food Protection Services provides licensing and inspection services for provincial dairy plants, performs food risk assessments, reviews food safety issues and produces guidelines for industry and health professionals.

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Dairy plant licensing, inspection & guidelines

BCCDC is responsible for licensing and inspecting dairy plants in BC.

We also produce guidelines for dairy plant operators to ensure the safe processing of dairy products.

Food handler training assessment

Food handler training is a requirement of the BC Food Premises Regulation. To satisfy training requirements, food handlers must take a FOODSAFE course or a course that has been deemed equivalent to a FOODSAFE course.

NOTE: All food safety certifications (whether BC FOODSAFE Level 1 or an equivalent course) are valid for a maximum of 5 years from the issue date or to the certificate expiry date (if 5 years expiry or less).

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For inquiries related to your personal BC FOODSAFE certification (e.g. requesting a replacement certificate or updating your contact information) please contact the Environmental Health department in your health authority.

FOODSAFE contacts in BC

Food handler course providers may apply to have their course evaluated for equivalency to the FOODSAFE course. Please email for an application package.

For food safety concerns or information on permits and health approvals please contact your regional health authority directly. How to contact your health authority

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