03/03/2014 02:51 EST | Updated 05/03/2014 05:59 EDT

Prince Edward Island to bring in new food safety regulations in coming months

CHARLOTTETOWN - The chief public health officer for Prince Edward Island says the province will bring in new food safety regulations over the coming months to ensure they meet national standards.

Dr. Heather Morrison says the updated regulations will ensure food is properly stored and handled in establishments that serve food.

The changes will include more training, written cleaning and sanitizing procedures, and food safety management plans, as well as a new licensing and fee structure to be implemented April 1.

Morrison says most of the changes will be phased in this fall to allow for public consultation.

She says the last major review of food safety was more than 30 years ago and regulations and consumer expectations have risen since then.