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Manitoba Food Safety Laws and Requirements

The Manitoba Food and Food Handling Establishment Regulation provides detailed information for a food premise to establish the prevention of all hazardous food contaminations and health safety dangers. Among the requirements listed are maintenance, temperature control, sanitizing, pest control, food handler hygiene, and the various daily tasks that food handlers are involved in.

Public Health Inspectors use the Food Premises Regulation during their inspections throughout Manitoba establishments.

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Federal Laws

Health Canada is tasked with creating policies and defining safety standards for businesses in the food safety industry.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is in charge of ensuring these policies and standards are followed.

Here are some laws and rules at the federal level that deal with the food safety in Canada

  • Safe Food for Canadian Act
  • Food and Drugs Act

Provincial Laws

Manitoba Provincial food safety laws are set by:

  • City of Winnipeg Food Safety Establishment By-Laws  
  • Manitoba Food and Food Handling Establishments Regulation under the Public Health Act
  • Manitoba Water Supplies Regulation under the Public Health Act

These laws require that food sold in Manitoba is safe and suitable for human consumption and meets all standards in the Food Handling Regulations. 

Provincial food safety laws are governed by:

  • Manitoba Public Health 
  • Winnipeg Regional Health Authority 

What do Manitoba's Regulations say about Food Handlers Certificates?

The City of Winnipeg’s Food Safety By-Law (5160/89, Sections 5.6, 5.7, 5.8) requires the person in charge of the food establishment to hold a valid food handler certificate.

If five or more food handlers are working in the food premises, there must be at least one person with a food handler certificate.

Additionally, the food handler certificate must be placed in a prominent area in the food establishment.

What Should I Do?

Expert Advice: Don’t wait! Get yourself and your entire staff certified. This is the recommendation by all health inspectors and health departments. Completing a Food Handler Certification course is the first and necessary step to assure you or your business is always in line with all food safety laws.

Food Handlers Certification: Additional Information

Getting a Food Handler Certification in Manitoba is something many of your staff has to do by law, and it is a good idea to make sure every person who deals with food in your business gets certified.

Certificate Expiry and Renewal?

In Manitoba, Food Handler Certifications are valid for 5 years, and you need to renew them every five years.

Who Should Take This Food Handler Certificate Course in Manitoba

The person in charge of the food establishment must have a valid food handler certificate. If five or more food handlers are working on the food premises, at least one person must have a food handler certificate.

What Happens If I Don’t Get The Food Handlers Certificate in manitoba?

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

Manitoba Food Safety Inspections

Provincial and municipal governments and regional health authorities monitor food safety across Manitoba. As a business owner, you can expect inspectors to visit your establishment before it opens for business and then every four to six months during operation.

Inspectors will also request to see all Manitoba Food Handler Certificates and your establishment’s Food Safety Plan.

The role of local health inspectors in food safety in Ontario is to:


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