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General News · 18th April 2014
Wendy Legare
A BC Public Health - VIHA website offers an informative rundown of recent and past Inspections Reports of Food and Drinking Water facilities up and down the coas and listed under locality. Don't forget to read the Disclaimer.
How to get there:
- Click the link, http://www.healthspace.ca/viha for Important Information on Food Facility Inspections,
- the top horizontal header indicates - Home, Food Inspections, Drinking Water, Community Care Inspections, Outbreak, Water Samples
- click Food Inspections
- click Cortes Island in the left column of localities
- click the particular facility
Food inspections apply to food facilities that sell or serve food to the public, and that are inspected routinely. Facilities include:
restaurants, pubs and lounges, hospitals and care facilities, food and espresso carts, coffee outlets, delis, bakeries, butcher shops, grocery stores, and more- including temporary events where food is sold.

Food Hazard Ratings:
Low: During the last inspection the facility was found to be in general compliance with the Regulations and is following good food handling procedures. There were no critical hazards and either no, or a small number of non-critical hazards identified at the time of inspection, such as burned out lighting in the kitchen or storage room shelving being in need of repainting. The environmental health officer feels that there are no issues related to food safety requiring immediate correction.
Moderate: During the last inspection the facility was found to be mostly in compliance with the regulations, but there are some problems related to food handling and or procedures such as no sanitizer in the dishwasher or poor hand washing practices by food handlers. The environmental health officer feels there are some issues relating to food safety requiring immediate correction in order to ensure long-term protection of public health.

High: During the last inspection, significant problems were noted related to food handling and/or sanitation procedures. This may include such things as potentially hazardous foods stored well above correct temperatures, use foods from unapproved sources, extremely unsanitary conditions. The facility's current operation significantly increases the risk of food borne illness and the operator must take immediate corrective action. The facility is approaching the maximum level of risk considered acceptable for its continued operation and we may close it if conditions worsen or the operator fails to eliminate the hazards.

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Individuals wishing to prepare and sell food at public events are required to fill out an Application to Operate a Temporary Food Service (pdf) application.

Farmers Markets and other Temporary Food Markets

Individuals wishing to sell lower risk food items at farmers markets and other temporary food markets, as well as Market Managers, should familiarize themselves with the Guidelines- Sale of Foods at Temporary Food Markets (pdf). Those wishing to sell higher risk food items at temporary food markets are required to complete an Application for Sale of Higher Risk Food at Temporary Food Markets (pdf) and submit it to the local Health Protection Office.