Newfoundland and Labrador

The 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 in which food handlers are involved.

The Food Premise Regulation is used by Public Health Inspectors during inspection.

What does the regulation say about Food Handlers Certificate?

A change to the Food Premise Regulation coming into effective September 1, 2020, requires certain food premises to have trained food handlers onsite.

There must be at least one person on-site who has taken food safety training in any public or commercial food premise while the premise is in operation.


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.

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

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

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