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Restaurant & food safety


Our public health inspectors, also known as environmental health officers, conduct more than 16,000 inspections of restaurants, food facilities and stores annually. We also educate food handlers and consumers about safe food handling practices.

Find inspection reports

For inspections in Vancouver, Richmond, North Shore, Sunshine Coast, and Sea to Sky: 

VCH Inspection Reports website 

Food safety newsletter

For operators of food service establishments to keep up to date on food safety, regulations and foodborne illness, download the most recentFood Safety Update

FOODSAFE certification

All FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates issued prior to July 29, 2013 will expire on July 29, 2018. As of July 29, 2013, all FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates issued in BC are valid for 5 years.  Please visit the FOODSAFE website to learn about the certification or renew your certificate. You can also contact your local Environmental Health Services office for more details.

Dishwashing & handwashing resources

To find hand washing posters, visit our how to stay healthy page.

Restaurant closures

2018 restaurant closures

About health inspections

Inspections are conducted on a regular basis and when complaints are received. Each visit generates an inspection report that is provided to the operator to either confirm that they are compliant with regulations, or to inform them that they are required to address deficiencies.

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