November 2018 - Program/Service Information Report - Food Safety Program 2018 Third Quarter

TO: Board of Health
MEETING DATE: November 7, 2018

REPORT NO.:BH.01.NOV0718.C18

PREPARED BY: Jessica Morris, Manager, Environmental Health

APPROVED BY: Christopher Beveridge, Director, Health Protection

SUBMITTED BY: Dr. Nicola J. Mercer, MD, MBA, MPH, FRCPC Medical Officer of Health & CEO

Key Points

  • The Food Safety program conducts annual inspections and disease follow-up.
  • All compliance and complaint inspection reports are publically available on the Check Before You Choose website.

Strategic Directions & Goals

Service Centred Approach

  • We are committed to providing excellent service to anyone interacting with public health.
  • Building Health Communities
  • We will work with communities to support the health and well-being of everyone.

Operational Plan Objectives

  • To improve health and quality of life
  • Reduced morbidity and mortality
  • Reducing health inequities among population groups

Summary of OPHS Program Requirements

OPHS Program: Food Safety


  • To prevent or reduce the burden of food-borne illness.


  • Disease Prevention/Health Protection


  • N/A

Accountability Indicators:

Accountability Indicators
2018 Food Safety Performance Indicator 2018 Q3 Actual Comments
# of reported cases of foodborne illness 157 From July – 30 Sept 2018
% reported cases of foodborne illness attributed to exposure settings of (i.e. food premises, daycares, homes, etc.) N/A Data collection and extraction process under review
# of food handlers trained and certified in food safety 834 From Jan-Sep 2018
% foodborne illness caused by unsafe food handling at home 15.7% Based on comments regarding risk factors regarding hand hygiene and proper preparation/handling of foods

Performance variance or discrepancy identified:



WDGPH staff investigate all reports of foodborne illness. All public food service premises are inspected based on risk. Food handler training courses are offered each month.

Related Reports

  • BH.01.SEP0518.C13 2018 Mid-Year Food Safety Program Indicator Summary
  • Safe Food (Jan-Jun 2016) Program/Service Information Report
  • BH.01.SEP0716.R14 The Role of WDGPH in Food Product Recalls
  • BH.01.SEP0617.R22 Campylobacter Outbreak Investigation
  • BH.01.DEC0617.R32 Healthy Menu Choices Act