Food Condemnation

Policy

Category: Food Safety
Subject: Food Condemnation
Division: N/A
Policy Number: CA.80.01.108
Effective Date: July 1996

POLICY STATEMENT

It is the policy of the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, Health Protection Division, that food offered for sale which is found to be unfit for human consumption by reason of contamination, unwholesomeness, adulteration, impurity or other cause, shall be destroyed or disposed of in such a manner that will eliminate or decrease the health hazard.

Ensure that the food offered for human consumption in the health unit is inspected in order to ensure its safety. 

 

REFERENCES AND RELATED FORMS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

CA.80.02.108  Food Condemnation

APPROVED BY

Rob Thompson 


Procedure

Category: Food Safety
Subject: Food Condemnation
Division: N/A
Procedure Number: CA.80.02.108
Effective Date: July 1996

PROCEDURE

Inspection of food offered for human consumption:
  1. All food establishments located in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) will be inspected by Public Health Inspectors (PHIs). The frequency of inspection is 3 times per year for high risk, 2 times per year for moderate risk and once per year for low risk food establishment. In addition to these routine inspection(s), food establishment will be inspected for investigation of food related complaints.  See CA.80.01(02).107 Food Premise Food-Related and Food Product Complaint Investigation or CA.82.01(02).115 Suspect Food-borne Illness; Community Food-borne Illness.
  2. Inspection of the food is the main focus of the inspection of any food establishment. PHI will check food to ensure that the food is free from contamination, adulteration, and impurity.
  3. A PHI who is of the opinion, upon reasonable and probable grounds, that the condition of any food is a health hazard, she/he may seize or cause the seizure of that food.
  4. The PHI may send sample of the suspected food to laboratory for examination and investigation in order to determine whether or not the food is safe for human consumption. See CA.80.01(02).104 Food Specimen Collection.
  5. The food may be detained pending the results of such examination or investigation to determine the existence of a health hazard. Where food products have been detained or seized for further investigation and examination, PHI should advise the owner/operator of the food premises of the result as soon as possible. Detained food should be marked with tags, tape or other appropriate method.
  6. If the examination or investigation indicates a health hazard is not present, the food may be returned to the owner.
  7. Where the examination or investigation concludes a health hazard is present, the food shall be destroyed or disposed of in such a manner that will eliminate or decrease the health hazard.
  8. Where food is seized and the PHI has reason to believe the food is a health hazard, the food may be destroyed or disposed of without further examination.
  9. If the food is condemned as a result of a fire in a food premises, the PHI may provide the HPDFS(FS)46 Public Health Response to Fire Damaged Food fact sheet to the owner/operator of the food premises.
Dispose of unsafe food:
  1. The food products which need to be seized and disposed of must be itemized and the reason for disposing should be mentioned.
  2. The PHI with the owner or operator of the food establishment should determine the weight and quantity of each item that needs to be destroyed or disposed of. A copy of the list should be provided to the owner or operator.
  3. Disposal of the condemned food is the responsibility of the owner or operator of the food establishment. If the quantity of the condemned food is large and requires removal to a garbage dump, the PHI should personally accompany transportation of condemned food to the disposal site and oversee its proper disposal.
Report writing:
  1. In the event food is seized or destroyed, a written record of such action must be given to the operator and a copy kept for the office records using the HPDGEN(F)2 Health Protection Division Inspection Report.
  2. The food condemnation report should include the following information:
  • Date and time of the seizure;
  • Date and time the food was disposed of or destroyed;
  • Reason for seizure;
  • Item seized or destroyed;
  • Quantity seized or destroyed; and
  • Method of destruction.
  1. The completed HPDGEN(F)2 Health Protection Division Inspection Report will be sent to the Manager for review and then filed per Agency Policy.

REFERENCES AND RELATED FORMS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

CA.80.01.108  Food Condemnation
CA.80.01(02).104 Food Specimen Collection
CA.80.01(02).107 Food Premise Food-Related and Food Product Complaint Investigation
CA.82.01(02).115 Suspect Food-borne Illness; Community Food-borne Illness.

APPROVED BY

Rob Thompson