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Nunavut Food Safety Laws and Requirements

The Nunavut Food Establishment Safety Regulation compiles all the detailed requirements for a food establishment to determine the prevention of health hazards. It includes the minimum necessities in relation to maintenance, temperature control, sanitizing, pest control, food handler hygiene and the many day-to-day tasks that food handlers are involved in.

This Regulation is also used by Nunavut-authourized Health Inspectors during their inspections.

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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

Territorial food safety laws are established by:

Nunavut Public Health Act In accordance with Nunavut’s Public Health Act (Part 4, Section 23.3), individuals distributing, selling, or serving food to the public, an institution, or a camp must ensure that the food is safe for human consumption by:

  • Taking reasonable measures to prevent contamination of the food
  • Taking reasonable measures to protect the public from other food-related health hazards

If you engage in the preparation or sale of country food, it is advisable to adhere to the recommendations outlined in:

Serving Country Food in Government-Funded Facilities and Community Programs

These guidelines have been developed collaboratively by the Government of Nunavut and the Nunavut Food Security Coalition.

What does the Nunavut regulation say about Food Handlers Certificate?

Obtaining food handler training and certification is the best practice for any food service business. It is strongly emphasized that everyone who handles food in the establishment becomes a Certified Food Handler.

What Should I Do?

To follow the recommendation of health inspectors and the health departments, you and your entire staff should get certified immediately. By completing a Food Handler Certification course, you will secure you and your business from any possible food poisoning or contamination

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

Who Should Take This Food Handler Certificate Course In Nunavut?

In Nunavut, every operator of a food service establishment and at least one employee on each shift must hold a Food Handler Certificate.

Probe It Food Safety’s Food Handlers Certificate is ministry-accepted and government-approved. Our Food Handler Certificate will be valid for five years in Nunavut 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.

Nunavut Food Safety

Provincial, municipal, and regional health authorities collectively oversee food safety standards across Nunavut. You and your business must be ready for Inspectors to visit your business before opening and anytime every four to six months after.

Inspectors will need to see your Nunavut 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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