New food safety rules, fees coming April 1

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Food service industry given opportunity to respond to changes until April 15

Over the coming months, Prince Edward Island will be updating regulations to ensure the highest levels of food safety in food serving establishments.

Changes are coming to the Eating Establishments and Licensed Premises Regulation beginning April 1.

The purpose of the food safety regulations is to ensure that food is properly stored, handled and served.

The new rules will call for more training, written cleaning and sanitizing procedures and food safety management plans. Operators who do not comply with the rules face conditions on their licences, suspensions and fines from the Chief Public Health Office.

“The last major review of food safety regulations was more than 30 years ago. However over that time food safety standards have increased, along with the expectations of consumers,” said Dr. Heather Morrison, chief public health officer.

"Islanders should be able to feel confident that the food they’re purchasing has been prepared properly. These changes reflect the best practices being used across Canada.”

The changes to the regulations will include adopting national guidelines for water testing will be adopted for operators with private wells.

A new licensing structure will be based on the primary function of the establishment. Fees will be adjusted to approximately reflect the Maritime average.

The new rules and fees will be implemented April 1, with the majority of changes being phased in in the fall to allow for a period of consultation. 

The Chief Public Health Office has met with industry partners and is seeking feedback.

The draft regulations can be viewed at

Feedback can be sent to Deadline for consultation is April 15.

Organizations: Chief Public Health Office

Geographic location: Canada

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Recent comments

  • Awe what?
    March 04, 2014 - 10:59

    Implementing a few more rules about communicable diseases and ensuring cleanliness though sanitation and water sampling... ok. So, pay more to Health and Wellness for what exactly? Raising the amount paid by fifty percent will not ensure anything except the goverent takes more money from the foodservices establishments and not that your lunch is prepared in a sanitary environment but that it's a money grab and what food service people should already be aware of and doing.

  • Excuse ME
    March 04, 2014 - 10:08

    It's been over 30 years- and you're complaining!!!????? Long overdue I say! If anyone ever experienced food poisoning you would applaud this! When restaurants flat out deny that it was their food that made you sick - you know that this is now a good thing. Businesses that complain about this- I will be taking note.

  • Frankly
    March 04, 2014 - 08:45

    As they say, do not order food in a restaurant until you have checked out the cleanliness of the washrooms. If it disgusts you, so will the food.

  • Resident
    March 03, 2014 - 19:19

    I agree. A number of restaurants in C-town area are flat out filthy...

  • david
    March 03, 2014 - 15:45

    bout time this has happened. there have been several large outbreaks of improper food handling procedures and large numbers of people getting since. I am sure we can remember the large number of people who were sickened and some sent to hospital after being at fundraising dinner in the Kensington area not long ago. The food handling of some people in the province is disgusting. I have seen everything from Tim Horton employees picking their noses with those plastic gloves on and then handling food to them handling cash and then leaving the same pair of gloves on and making the next sandwich.

  • Robert Hays
    March 03, 2014 - 15:39

    WHY, so you think that ensuring that public safety is paramount is an attack on small business and a money grab. I don't know about you, but when I go out to eat I want to be sure the establishment is as clean as possible and is following all the health laws. When I eat out at a restaurant or a sidewalk food stand, I don't expect to be made sick by some clown not following the health rules. You may think that getting food poisoning is all part of the dining experience, but me and most right thinking people certainly do not.

    • WHY?
      March 03, 2014 - 17:18

      Nice try robert ghiz, I mean hays. If you think this increase has anything to do with food safety then you really need to take off the rose colored glasses and look at the history of this corrupt ghiz government. Boy, do they ever have your fooled. Try actually reading the article. The increased fees are over and above the new regulations.

  • WHY?
    March 03, 2014 - 15:23

    Why does ghiz and his band of criminals hate small business so much? They are running out of ways to raise fees and costs so they have to lie about them and pretend they are in the name of public safety.

    • don
      March 04, 2014 - 10:15

      i said it last month wes needs money so be ready for gas to go sky high, now they adding it to the small guy. next watch out for beer to double in price that gives wes more money in profit and tax's. you wanted ghiz back in well you got him and we are all suffering. but the voters will prove to be nothing but DUMB ASS ISLANDERS and will put him in a 3rd time by then we will be BANKRUPTED. way to go liberal voters.