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New Brunswick Food Safety Laws and Requirements

The Food Premises Regulation of New Brunswick explains all the specific requirements for a food establishment to prevent health hazards. It outlines the minimum standards for maintenance, temperature control, proper sanitization, pest control, food handler hygiene and the numerous daily tasks in which food handlers are involved.

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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

Provincial food safety laws are set by:

  • New Brunswick Public Health Act 
  • New Brunswick Food Premises Regulations under the Public Health Act 


These laws require that food sold in New Brunswick is safe and suitable for human consumption and meet the requirements of the Food Premises Regulations.

Food safety in New Brunswick is enforced by the New Brunswick Health Protection Services division. 

What do the New Brunswick Regulations say about the Food Handlers Certificate?

At least one person on-site must have a valid food handler certificate.

If the food premise is classified as a Class 4, then a manager or supervisor must have their food handler certificate.

What Should I Do?

Expert Advice:  It is crucial to your business to get yourself and your entire staff certified immediately. This is the recommendation by public health inspectors and the health department. Completing a Food Handler Training Certification course guarantees that you or your business will never be the cause of food-borne illnesses.

Food Handlers Certification: Additional Information

Getting a Food Handler Certification 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 New Brunswick, Food Handler Certifications are valid for 5 years, and you must renew them every five years.

Who Should Take This Food Handler Certificate Course In New Brunswick?

In New Brunswick, at least one employee per shift must have a valid Food Handler Certificate.

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.

New Brunswick Food safety Inspections

Provincial, municipal, and even regional health authorities are responsible for monitoring food safety across New Brunswick. Expect Inspectors to visit your business before its grand opening and every four to six months during operating months.

Inspectors will ask to see all New Brunswick Food Handler Certificates and the business’ Food Safety Plan.

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


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