Zach's Food Shack and Zach's Traditions, two food establishments in Wheatland County, were ordered to close last week after failing to comply with the Public Health Act and Food Regulations. 

The Alberta Health Services (AHS) website states that both businesses were shut down for "operating without a valid and subsisting food handling permit from Alberta Health Services." 

Operating without a food handling permit is a violation of the Public Health Act Section 3(1), which reads: "No person shall operate a food establishment unless the person is an operator who holds a valid and subsisting permit for the operation of the food establishment, and the food establishment is identified on the permit as approved by the regional health authority that issues the permit." 

Gordon Red Crow, the owner of both establishments, was forced to close the businesses until Alberta Health Services issued a valid food handling permit. 

Zach's Food Shack and Zach's Traditions will remain closed until all requirements from AHS are satisfied. 

As of May 1, Strathmore Now has received confirmation that Zach's Food Shack and Zach's Traditions have a valid permit, rectifying the situation. 

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