Kitchens in the daycares are inspected on a regular basis to ensure food safety measures are in place. The number of inspections carried out each year is dependent on the type of food service being provided. Risk assessments are done on each premise and based on the extent of food handling being carried out, inspections can range from 1 – 3 times per year.
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Public Health Units are mandated by the Ministry of Health to conduct food safety inspections in all types of food premises which would include Daycare Centres. The food premises regulations R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 562, under the Health Protection and Promotion Act governs the inspection process.
In any type of food premise, there is always a risk of contracting food poisoning. When dealing with vulnerable population such as the very young, elderly and immune compromised, the risk is even higher. For this reason, it is very important that the food handlers in the centre are trained in safe food handling.
It is also encouraged that all staff be trained as well in case they need to cover for the cooks. This is also a good idea as it provides another level of awareness when it comes to food safety.
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