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Is your food safety certification nearing its best before date?

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FOODSAFE certification, the provincial food safety training program, is good for five years.  All certificates issued prior to July 29, 2013, will expire on that date in 2018. With the deadline fast approaching, people with an expiring certificate should recertify online, in person or by correspondence. 

FOODSAFE is a program for establishments including restaurants and bars, hospitals, long-term care facilities, child-care centres, schools and grocery stores. Every operator of a food service establishment, and at least one staff member on every shift, must have a valid FOODSAFE Level 1 certificate or its equivalent.

For more information on recertification, course options and pricing, visit the website

To find out your certificate number visit View FOODSAFE Certification and Exam Results on the Ministry of Health website.  Follow the directions to access your FOODSAFE  information.

If you have problems with accessing your information, contact your local Health Protection office.   

In June 2013, the BC Centre for Disease Control and the provincial government announced all FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates issued in B.C. as of July 29, 2013, would have a five-year expiry date. All certificates issued before that date would expire on July 29, 2018. 

Quick facts

  • More than 550,000 cases of domestically acquired foodborne illness occur annually in BC (one in eight British Columbians.) Most feel ill with gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea for a few days and then get better.

  • Some foodborne illnesses can be life-threatening, especially for vulnerable people including children, pregnant women, the elderly and those that are immune compromised.

  • Five pathogens cause 90 per cent of all illnesses: norovirusCampylobacterClostridium perfringensYersinia enterocolitica and Salmonella.

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