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Food Safety for First Nations People of Canada: A Manual for Healthy Practices

Food safety is important. Food that hasn't been properly handled, and that is contaminated by bacteria, viruses and parasites can make you and your family sick.

The Food Safety for First Nations People of Canada: A Manual for Healthy Practices is intended to raise awareness on the safe handling, preparation, and storage practices of traditional and store-bought foods, in order to reduce the incidence of foodborne illnesses.

The manual covers a variety of topics from microbial and chemical hazards to the safe handling, preparation and storage of foods, and aims to promote the consumption of traditional foods and their high nutritional value, while, at the same time increase awareness about potential public health risks (e.g., microbial and chemical contamination) that may be associated with methods of handling.