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Food Protection Services

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

Our work

Dairy plant licensing, inspection & guidelines

BCCDC is responsible for licensing and inspecting dairy plants.
We also produce guidelines for dairy plant safety.

Food handler training assessment

Food handler training is a requirement of  BC government food premises regulations. 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 other types of certification) are valid for a maximum of 5 years from the date of issue or the expiry date as indicated on the certificate (if within 5 years or less). 

Since July 29, 2013, all FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates in British Columbia have been issued with a 5-year expiry date.  All certificates issued prior to that date expired on July 29, 2018.

To apply to have your food handler course evaluated for equivalency to the FOODSAFE course, email for an application package.

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