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Northwest Territories Food Safety Laws and Requirements

The Food Establishment Safety Regulation of the Northwest Territories provides detailed information on all of the requirements for a food premise to ensure prevention of health hazards. 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 are outlined in the Regulation as well.

The Regulation states the requirement for mandatory certification of food handlers and is used by Public Health Inspectors during inspections in the Northwest Territories.

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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

Territorial Laws

Territorial food safety laws are established by:

  • Northwest Territories Food Establishment Safety Regulations under the Public Health Act

These laws mandate that food available for purchase in NWT must be safe and suitable for human consumption, meeting all standards specified in the Food Establishment Safety Regulations.

Enforcement of territorial food safety laws is carried out by the Northwest Territories Department of Health and Social Services.

What does the Northwest Territories Regulations say about the Food Handlers Certificate?

All food service establishment operators must hold a valid food handler certificate.

If the operator is absent, at least one employee with a valid food handler certificate must be present.

What Should I Do?

Expert Advice: You and your entire staff should get certified immediately! This is the recommendation by health inspectors and the health department. Becoming a certified Food Handler will help ensure you or your business is never the cause of food poisoning and food contamination.

Food Handlers Certification: Additional Information

Many of your staff have to get a Food Handler Certification 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 Northwest Territories, Food Handler Certifications are valid for five years; you must renew them every five years.

Who Should Take This Food Handler Certificate Course In Northwest Territories?

In the Northwest Territories, at least one employee on every shift and every operator of a food service establishment must have a valid Food Handler Certificate.

Probe It Food Safety provides an accepted Food Handler Certificate and is government-approved. Our Food Handler Certificate will be valid for five years in the Northwest Territories and across Canada.

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.

Northwest Territories Food Safety Inspections

Across the Northwest Territories, health authourities at the regional, municipal and provincial level are responsible for the monitoring of food safety. You can expect inspectors to visit your business before its opening and then anytime every four to six months.

Inspectors will request to see your Northwest Territories Food Handler Certificates and your Food Safety Plan.

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


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