Food Safety Laws

Location page-Alberta 2019-05-29T12:28:01+00:00

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Alberta

The Alberta Food Regulation provides all the detailed requirements for a food premise to ensure prevention of health hazards. It outlines the minimum requirements pertaining to maintenance, temperature control, sanitizing, pest control, food handler hygiene and the various daily tasks that food handlers are involved in.

The Alberta Food Regulation also highlights the requirement for mandatory certification of food handlers and is used by Public Health Inspectors during inspection.

What does the regulation say about Food Handlers Certificate?

If there are 5 or fewer food handlers working in the food premise, then there must be at least one person who has their food handler certificate. If there are 6 or more food handlers working in the food premise, then a manager or supervisor must have their food handler certificate and must be present on-site.

What should I do?

EXPERT ADVICE: Get yourself and your entire staff certified. This is the recommendation by health inspectors and the health department. Completing a Food Handler Certification course helps ensure you or your business is never the cause of food poisoning.

What happens if I don’t get the Food Handlers Certificate?

Consequences can be severe if you or your staff choose to neglect food safety certification requirements.

  • Twice as likely to fail health inspections

  • 50% more likely to have food-borne illnesses

  • Suspended or revoked Food Establishment license

  • Business closure

  • Financial penalties (up to thousands of dollars)

  • Charges and prosecution

  • Seizure and destruction of inventory

  • Bad publicity