PHO performs laboratory testing for Public Health Units to support the investigation of food-borne illnesses or outbreak investigations. Public Health Inspector’s Guide to the Principles and Practices of Environmental Microbiology provides information on Environmental Microbiology testing, including:
Please refer to the appropriate Test Information Sheet for specimen collection and handling instructions.
On March 17, 2014 PHO implemented a new Food Bacteriology Requisition and reporting process. It automates reporting via our Laboratory Information System, resulting in faster provision of results via auto-fax and increased data for monitoring and surveillance.
For more information, refer to the Labstract or contact the Laboratory Customer Service Centre at 416-235-6556/1-877-604-4567 (toll-free) or CustomerServiceCentre@oahpp.ca.