Many school programs use food as a resource or activity, including child nourishment programs, hospitality, fundraisers, catered meals, and barbecues.
The role of Southwestern Public Health is to promote and protect the health of the public. In order to do so, we ensure that food is prepared, stored and served safely to reduce the risk of food-borne illness.
This is achieved by:
- Inspecting food premises, including school cafeterias, to make sure they meet the requirements of the Ontario Food Premises Regulation (R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 562).
- Supplying information on safe food handling.
- Working with and inspecting schools that provide school nourishment programs.
- Working with school boards on food safety matters.
- Working with teachers to offer food handler training and certification to high school students.
Southwestern Public Health and Middlesex-London Health Unit have prepared a Food Safety in Schools document to serve as a guide and reference to help schools maintain compliance with the Ontario Food Premises Regulation (R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 562).