Agriculture

Inspection Services

Manitoba Agriculture 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

 
Manitoba Agriculture inspection frequencies are based on risk. 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 every six months
medium once per year
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)

April 1to 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
October 1 to December 31, 2015 140
July 1 to September 30, 2015 183
April 1 to June 30, 2015 214
January 1 to March 31, 2015 166
October 1 to December 31, 2014 143
July 1 to September 30, 2014 181
April 1 to June 30, 2014 184
January 1 to March 31, 2014 127

 

The top five non-compliances were (April 1 to June 30, 2017):

  • Cleaning activities are not effectively performed to protect the safety and suitablilty of product.
  • Food, ingredients and packaging materials are not properly stored and protected (ex: packaging not intact, storage directly on floor).
  • Effective preventative pest control measures are not taken in both interior and exterior of the establishment (ex: harbourage sites, pest control ineffective or absent).
  • Non food contact surfaces are not in good repair or pose a food safety hazard (ex: damaged, hard to clean, unsuitable temporary repairs).
  • Food contact surfaces are not in good repair or pose a food safety hazard (ex: damaged, hard to clean, unsuitable).

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: April 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017

warning letters 3
verbal warnings 2
tickets issued 3
product seized or destroyed 1
closure 0

 

For further information contact the Office of the Chief Veterinarian.