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British Columbia

The BC Food Premise 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 BC Food Premise 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?

Every operator of a food service establishment must hold a valid food handler certificate.
If the operator is absent, at least one employee must be present in the establishment who holds a valid food handler certificate.

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