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Food Safety

Bacteria, viruses, parasites, mould and their toxins can live and/or grow in some foods, and as a result, when individuals consume these foods, they may become ill.

Common symptoms of food-borne illness include:

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  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Fever or chills
  • Additionally, symptoms can include headaches, muscle pain and weakness.

While people with weakened immune systems (e.g. infants, the elderly, people taking immunosuppressant drugs, people with HIV/AIDS) are at higher risk for becoming seriously ill or even dying from the symptoms of food-borne illness, healthy people may also suffer after-effects from food-borne illness and the effects can last a lifetime.

This website information is for:

  • Members of the public who want to know more about food safety and
  • Food premises owners and operators who need more information about handling and preparing safe food for their customers protection and to meet the requirements of the Ontario Food Premises Regulation.

Resources and Applications

Healthy Menu Choices Act

Public health inspectors are available to provide the Be Food Safe display. The display highlights the four principles of safe food handling. More information (PDF)