Food Safety

Food safety is a mandatory program for Ontario’s health units under the Ontario Public Health Standards. Southwestern Public Health works to prevent and reduce foodborne illness in the community by:

  • Inspecting food premises
  • Coordinating food handler training
  • Educating people about food safety
  • Analyzing data about foodborne illness in Elgin and Oxford County
  • Investigating and responding to outbreaks of foodborne illness, unsafe food handling practices, food recalls, etc.
  • Providing expertise for food-related issues arising from floods, fires, power outages and other situations that may affect food safety