Alberta has changed its regulations to ease previous restrictions on the sale of low-risk foods prepared in the home.
As of June 1, 2020, food-handling permits will not be required for home-prepared foods that do not need refrigeration and therefore pose a low risk for food-borne illnesses, including baked goods, jams and jellies, candies, pickled foods, and cereals. However, high-risk foods and foods containing meat, poultry, seafood, and/or raw milk will continue to be prohibited.
Tyler Shandro, the province’s Minister of Health, said in a statement: “This regulatory change maintains our standards for food safety, supports Alberta entrepreneurs, adds new jobs, and benefits the economy by giving Albertans new opportunities to buy locally produced foods. It also makes it easier than ever to turn your passion into a home business.”
Clear labelling of home-prepared foods, including those sold at farmers markets, will allow consumers to make informed choices. Vendors at farmers markets will be asked to comply with the new labelling requirements, in addition to existing farmers markets guidelines. According to a press release from the province, these requirements will be introduced gradually, starting with education.
Home-based businesses in Alberta that prepare and sell high-risk foods will still be required to have the appropriate food-handling permits and be subject to inspections.
For more information on low-risk foods and the new Alberta regulations, please visit the Government of Alberta’s website.