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Yukon Territory Food Safety Laws and Requirements

The Food Retail and Food Services Code defines the mandatory guidelines for a food premise to prevent the occurrence of health hazards. This includes the minimum processes that must be upheld regarding food premise maintenance, pest control, temperature control, sanitizing, food handler hygiene and the various tasks food handlers engage in daily.

It also features the certification requirement of food handlers and is used by Yukon Public Health Inspectors as their primary resource during 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

Territorial Laws

Territorial food safety laws are established by:

  • Yukon Public Health Act
  • Yukon Food Retail and Food Services Code
  • Donation of Food Act

These laws mandate that food available for purchase in the Yukon must be safe and suitable for human consumption, meeting all standards.

Permits and licenses To legally operate a food business in Yukon, owners must obtain a relevant permit.

What do the Yukon Territory Regulations say about the Food Handlers Certificate?

Every food service establishment’s operator must have a valid food handler certificate.

In addition, every food handler in the business must be trained to a level appropriate for the various tasks that each person performs.

What Should I Do?

Expert Advice: Arrange for you and your employees to get certified asap. Health inspectors and departments have identified food hander certification courses as the best step to ensure food safety and protect your business. Completing an accredited course can prevent food contamination in your establishment.

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 Yukon, Food Handler Certifications are valid for five years; you must renew them every five years.

Who Should Take This Food Handler Certificate Course In Yukon?

In Yukon Territory, at least every operator of a food service establishment and one employee every shift must have a Food Handler Certificate.

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

Yukon Territory Food safety inspections

Yukon territorial, municipal and regional health authorities work together to ensure food safety across establishments. Be prepared for Health Inspectors to visit your business before opening and then every four to six months.

Inspectors will request to see your Yukon Territory Food Handler Certificates and Food Safety Plan.

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


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Our Food Handler Certificate will be valid for
5 years in Yukon Territory and across Canada.

Our Food Handler Certificate will be valid for
5 years in Yukon Territory and across Canada.