Proposed amendments to the Food Premises Regulation 493/17 under the Health Protection and Promotion Act
Ontario Regulation 493/17
Bill or Act:
Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O 1990
Summary of Proposal:
Food Premises Serving Low Risk Foods:
• Currently all food premises operators, with some exceptions, must meet structural and equipment requirements under the Food Premises Regulation 493/17 under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. This includes having an adequate number of hand washing stations, dish washing equipment and ensuring that there is at least one trained food handler at all times when a food service premise is in operation.
• The ministry is proposing to exempt food premises that serve low risk foods from certain structural and/or equipment requirements, which would be similar to current exemptions for pre-packaged low risk foods and hot beverages (i.e., exempt from hand washing stations, equipment for utensil cleaning/sanitizing, provision of sanitary facilities etc.). The ministry is also proposing to exempt food premises that serve low risk food from the requirement to have a trained food handler on-site during operation.
HOW TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK
All interested parties are encouraged to provide feedback on the proposed regulations. The Ministry of Health values the unique and diverse perspectives from food premises owners/operators, non-profit and community feeding organizations, public health units and the general public.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The proposed amendments have no impacts on administrative costs to businesses and no resource or financial implications within the government, as the proposed amendments would allow greater flexibility for operators and business owners.
October 28, 2019
Comments Due Date:
November 27, 2019
Laura Pisko, Director
Health Improvement Policy and Program Branch
Ministry of Health
393 University Avenue, Suite 2100
Toronto, ON M7A 2S1