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Northwestern Health Unit
Food Safety

  • Provides routine food premise inspections, including street food vending carts
  • Investigates all complaints against food premises and food related issues
  • Investigates food-borne illnesses and outbreaks
  • Carries out food recalls
  • Offers food handler training courses
  • Offers advice to new and renovated food premise operators and provides initial inspection
  • Issues Special Occasions Food Permits
  • Provides Food Safety educational resources including proper handwashing techniques
Works on various initiatives including:
  • Area municipalities and community groups
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Thunder Bay Public Health Laboratory
  • Health Hazard is a 24-hour line to report health hazards
  • Public Health Inspectors are at offices in Kenora, Fort Frances and Dryden
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 8:30 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4:30 pm
No restrictions
Application Process
Food Handler Training Courses
  • Requires prepayment and completed registration
  • Information available online or at office
Special Occasions Food Permits
  • Required by all vendors selling food at locations not routinely inspected and approved by Health Unit
  • Requires submission of completed application available online or at office no later than 7 days prior to event
Program - Food Handler Certification
Fully Accessible
Legal Status
(50) Non Profit
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Agency Information
211 Ontario North
   Last Updated On November 5, 2019

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