Food service industry given opportunity to respond to changes until April 15
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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 www.gov.pe.ca/health/foodregs.
Feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for consultation is April 15.