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Food Safety in Schools

Many school programs use food as a resource or activity. Some of these programs include hospitality, child nourishment, fundraisers, catered meals, and barbeques. The role of the Middlesex-London Health Unit is to promote and protect the health of the public.

In schools, part of that role means making sure that food is prepared, stored and served safely to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. This is done by:

  • Inspecting food premises’, including school cafeterias, to make sure they meet the requirements of the Ontario Food Premises Regulation (O. Reg. 493/17).
  • Working with schools who provide school nourishment programs.
  • Supplying information on safe food handling.
  • Working with the teachers to offer food handler training and certification to high school students.
  • Working with school boards on food safety matters.

Additional Information

To view food premises inspection reports from school cafeterias visit the DineSafe web page.

To speak to a Public Health Inspector on the Environmental Health Team about food safety concerns in schools, please call:

  • 519-663-5317
 
Date of creation: January 21, 2013
Last modified on: January 20, 2021