Food Safety & Sanitation Plans

Food Safety & Sanitation Plans

Introduction

Sections 23 and 24 of the Food Premises Regulation require food processors to develop, maintain and follow a written food safety plan and sanitation plan that must be submitted to and be approved by your local health authority. These requirements apply to all food processors that distribute in B.C. only or those who ship beyond B.C., but are not federally-registered and/or federally-licensed.

If you are not a B.C. food processor, these requirements may not apply to you.

What is the purpose?

The Ministry of Health is committed to supporting you as you develop your food safety and sanitation plans to:

  • Reduce your risk and cost of food-borne illness.
  • Increase your food safety knowledge.
  • Increase consumer confidence in the safety of your product(s).

Thank you for your work to support the success and reputation of B.C.’s food processing industry.  The following tools are provided to help you write your food safety plan and sanitation plan. 

How do you, as a food processor meet the requirements?

If you do not have food safety and sanitation plans, the tools on the left can help you write your food safety plan and sanitation plan. These tools include workbooks, examples, templates, videos and other resources. If you are operating a food processing facility, your existing food safety procedures will likely form a good portion of your written food safety plan and sanitation plan.

If you already have written food safety and sanitation plans, check to make sure they meet sections 23 and 24 of the Food Premises Regulation. If necessary, contact your local health authority to request that an environmental health officer review your plans and provide advice on the changes needed to meet the requirements.

Once you feel your written food safety plan and sanitation plan meets the requirements, send them to your environmental health officer at your local health authority for approval.