Public health inspectors conduct routine and complaint based inspections of almost 1400 food facilities in Chatham-Kent.
We inspect food premises one to three times a year, depending on the type and variety of foods, amount of food handling, type and number of customers, etc.
Inspections are unannounced and focus on the requirements of the food premises regulations. Inspectors complete follow-up inspections to ensure compliance. Repeat violations may result in a written ticket or summons to court.
We look into all complaints regarding any food facility. Inspectors investigate any report of illness associated with a food facility.
You are encouraged to contact the health unit any time you have a concern.
Access inspection reports on line anytime at Check it CK. You may also access any food inspection report by making a verbal or written request to the C-K Public Health Unit. Be aware that this inspection report only comments on the conditions viewed at the time of inspection. This report may not reflect the present condition of the food facility.
Food Recalls & Alerts
You can subscribe to food recall and allergy alerts from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. You receive an email the moment they issue an alert.
Food Safety Classes
FREE food safety training is available through the C-K Public Health Unit.
The Food Handler Certification Program provides an opportunity for food handlers to learn about food safety. Food handlers learn about public health legislation, the role of the public health inspector, foodborne illness, safe food handling methods and food premises sanitation. The information allows the food handler to successfully complete the examination to obtain a food handler certificate meeting the Ontario Ministry of Health's food handling training protocol. More importantly, the information assists the food handler in storing, preparing, cooking and serving safe to eat food.
This course is available to anyone with an interest in food safety. It includes in-class teaching and an exam. A certificate that is valid for 5 years will be issued upon successful completion of the course. Please check our schedule for dates and times.
In Good Hands offers an on-line food safety training program that is recognized by the health unit. The cost of the on-line course is $30. You must complete the exam at the C-K Public Health Unit to receive the certificate.