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Food Safe classes expanded

The Public Health Department of Sun Country Health Region has expanded the number of Food Safe Classes to be held this year.

“We are seeing quite a large increase in demand for these classes, and we want to hold the numbers in each class to a reasonable level, so we are adding significantly to the total number of classes we will offer in the Region this year,” says Janice Giroux, Vice President of Community Health.

“Classes will be held throughout the year rather than only the fall and spring.”

Classes will be held in March, May September and November in Weyburn and April, June and October in Estevan.

“The classes are also being opened to more people who speak languages other than English,” she says.  Workbooks are available in English, French, Cantonese, Punjab and Korean. The exam is available in English, Cantonese, Spanish, Punjab, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Japanese and French.

“This change reflects the new diversity among our population,” says Mrs. Giroux. “We welcome these new people to our Region and want to help them find work in the food industry if that’s where they want to be.”

SCHR appreciates the support and compliance of food establishments in this Region, she says.

Food Safe is a nationally recognized course to help commercial food operations fulfill the Saskatchewan regulation that requires all licensed restaurants must have at least one staff member per shift who has taken a food handler course. After passing the examination, participants will receive a nationally-recognized certificate.

The class covers issues like microbiology and foodborne illness, safe food handling, cleaning and sanitizing, facility organization, housekeeping, among others. To register, call 1-888-295-8005 or email to  

For more information, members of the public can call Grant Paulson, Public Health Inspector Supervisor, at 306-842-8618.

Posted March 10.

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