Inspection of Retail Food Stores

In Canada, responsibility for food safety is shared between the federal government and provincial health units or provincial departments.

Depending on where you live, concerns or complaints about issues like dirty stores, sightings of mice or insects, bad food handling practices or the actions of store staff are handled by local health or authorities or designated provincial departments.

Alberta

The inspection of retail stores for cleanliness and proper food handling is the responsibility of Alberta Health Services - Environmental Health Program

British Columbia

The inspection of retail stores for cleanliness and proper food handling is the responsibility of regional health authorities.

Manitoba

The inspection of retail stores for cleanliness and proper food handling is the responsibility of the Manitoba Health Food Safety Program

New Brunswick

The inspection of retail stores for cleanliness and proper food handling is the responsibility of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Public Health)

Newfoundland and Labrador

The inspection of retail stores for cleanliness and proper food handling is the responsibility of Service NL - Environmental Health

Northwest Territories

The inspection of retail stores for cleanliness and proper food handling is the responsibility of Health and Social Services

Nova Scotia

The inspection of retail stores for cleanliness and proper food handling is the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture - Food Protection and Enforcement Division

Nunavut

The inspection of retail stores for cleanliness and proper food handling is the responsibility of: Health and Social Services

Ontario

The inspection of retail stores for cleanliness and proper food handling is the responsibility of local health authorities.

Prince Edward Island

The inspection of retail stores for cleanliness and proper food handling is the responsibility of the Prince Edward Island Food Safety Program

Quebec

The inspection of retail stores for cleanliness and proper food handling is the responsibility of the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (French only)

Saskatchewan

The inspection of retail stores for cleanliness and proper food handling is the responsibility of the regional health authorities.

Yukon

The inspection of retail stores for cleanliness and proper food handling is the responsibility of: Health and Social Services - Environmental Health.

The CFIA's Role

At the retail level of trade, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency protects consumers from economic fraud and product misrepresentation, and assists them in making informed product choices. The CFIA's role in the retail sector also results in fair competition for industry.

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