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Food, Water and Beverage Safety

Handling food safely is important to prevent foodborne illness (food poisoning). These resources provide information on general food safety at home and in the grocery store. They also provide information on food safety issues such as mercury in fish and how to prepare safe food in case of an emergency.

Emergency Preparation

It is important to make a plan in case of a disaster such as an earthquake or flood. It may be some time before you can access safe food and water from outside your home. Plan ahead and have enough food and water stored for at least 3 days. Learn more:

Environmental Contaminants

Environmental contaminants, such as mercury, are found in some foods. Small amounts are often not harmful but larger amounts can affect your health. Learn how to reduce your exposure to harmful contaminants:

Preventing Foodborne Illness

You can get sick by eating food and water contaminated by bacteria, viruses or parasites. You can lower your risk of foodborne illness by preparing food safely and following general food safety precautions. For more information, click on the links below:

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Useful Resources

BC Centre for Disease Control

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority. They provide provincial and national leadership in public health through surveillance, detection, prevention and consultation. They also provide direct diagnostic and treatment services to people with diseases that may affect the health of the public. This resource provides information on Food Safety.

Government of Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to food safety. Health Canada sets up regulations and standards about safety and nutrition for foods. The Canadian Food Inspection (CFIA) agency ensures that foods meet Health Canada’s standards. Learn more:

Last Updated: June 2021