Everyone who handles food needs to be aware of food safety. Food can be a major cause of illness. Food-borne illness can come from food exposed to chemicals, contaminated by germs like bacteria and viruses, and from food sensitivities and allergies. People who have weaker immune systems (e.g., the elderly, infants, and people with immune systems already compromised by other illnesses) are at a higher risk. Even healthy people can get a food-borne illness that can be very serious, with effects that last a lifetime.
Food-borne illness can be fatal.
Food safety is important anywhere that food is handled, from grocery stores, to restaurants, to your own kitchen. The Health Unit can help you be sure that all of the food you eat is kept as safe as possible.