Inspection Services

Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development (ARD) health officers play an important role in ensuring the safety of all food that is processed and distributed from provincially registered facilities within Manitoba.
 
Health officers inspect facilities to determine if practices required by provincial legislation are being followed with respect to general food handling, storage temperature, sanitation, employee hygiene, equipment maintenance and environmental controls. They also assess formulations and processing methods to ensure that the food produced will be safe, conduct building assessments for new facilities and respond to public complaints.
 
A health officer will issue a permit to a facility once an inspection shows that acceptable practices are being followed. The facility must continue to meet these requirements to maintain their permit.

If you have a food safety concern please e-mail foodsafety@gov.mb.ca.

  

Risk-Based Inspection

 
Facilities are categorized according to the type of product manufactured and a risk assessment is conducted to determine the routine inspection frequency. The picture below shows what is considered when determining risk.

 

 
 
 

Routine Inspection Frequencies 


Routine inspections are unannounced and are conducted at a pre-determined frequency as described in the table below. Follow-up inspections or re-inspections are conducted when violations are found by a health officer.  The follow-up date is determined based on the severity of the violation.

 

Facility Type Risk Rating Inspection Frequency
Minimal food processing (ex: simple processes with few ingredients)

Food distribution (ex: warehouses)
high once per year 
medium once per 18 months 
low once per two years
Food and beverage processors high three times per year
medium every six months
low once per year

 

Inspection Statistics

Total number of inspections (routine, re-inspections, and responses to complaints)

  July 1 to September 30, 2021 206
April 1 to June 30, 2021
233
January 1 to March 31, 2021
217
October 1 to December 31, 2020
198
July 1 to September 30, 2020
284
April 1 to June 30, 2020
272
January 1 to March 31, 2020
224
October 1 to December 31, 2019
209
July 1 to September 30, 2019
187
April 1 to June 30, 2019
223
January 1 to March 31, 2019
185
October 1 to December 31, 2018
287
July 1 to September 30, 2018
207
April 1 to June 30, 2018
266
January 1 to March 31, 2018
179
October 1 to December 31, 2017
176
July 1 to September 30, 2017 
163
April 1 to June 30, 2017
229
January 1 to March 31, 2017
185
October 1 to December 31, 2016
195
July 1 to September 30, 2016
171
April 1 to June 30, 2016
189
January 1 to March 31, 2016
168

 

The top five non-compliances were (July 1 to September 30, 2021):

  • Non-food contact surfaces are not clean and may pose a food safety hazard.
  • Foods, ingredients and packaging materials are not properly stored and protected.
  • Effective preventative pest control measures are not taken in both the interior or exterior of the establishment
  • Interior rooms, coolers/freezers (floors, walls, and ceilings), structures and fittings are not maintained for the operations taking place within. 
  • Cleaning and sanitizing activities are not being performed to protect the safety and suitability of product.

Escalating Enforcement

 
In the case where there are serious or repeat violations a health officer may write a warning letter, issue a ticket, seize and destroy product and/or close a facility. A facility is often referred to a food safety specialist who can help determine an acceptable way to address the issue.

Enforcement activity (July 1 to September 30, 2021):

warning letters 3
verbal warnings 0
tickets issued 0
suspensions 0
product seized or destroyed 0
closure 0

 

For further information contact the Food Safety and Inspection Branch.