Food Safety Terms

This is a global glossary that can be accessed from within any of the online food safety training courses

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The applicable provincial or territorial health act.
Entry link: Act


Any undeclared ingredient in a food product which diminishes the economic or nutritional value of a food product or which may render the food product injurious to health.
Entry link: Adulterant


One who applies for a permit or license.
Entry link: Applicant


Chemical Agents

Substances that are not intended for ingestion, such as cleaners, sanitizers, detergents, pesticides, insecticides, paint, petroleum, etc. (Also referred to as "toxic substances").
Entry link: Chemical Agents


Entry link: CIP


To render free from food residues and other foreign material.
Entry link: Clean


The Food Retail and Foodservices Code.
Entry link: Code

Communicable Disease

An illness in humans caused by an organism or microorganism or its toxic products, and transmitted directly or indirectly from an infected person or animal, or the environment.
Entry link: Communicable Disease


Includes a food grade receptacle or covering used to package, wrap, contain or cover food.
Entry link: Container


Exposure of food to conditions, which permit or may permit:

  1. The introduction of foreign matter including filth, a poisonous substance or pests, or
  2. The introduction or multiplication of disease-causing microorganisms or parasites, or
  3. The introduction or production of toxins.
Entry link: Contamination

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