Factsheets & Publications

As of July 1, the inspection, compliance and enforcement functions from several provincial government departments will come together under Nova Scotia Environment.

Departments involved in this consolidation include the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Health and Wellness, the Department of Agriculture, Nova Scotia Environment, and the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

For more information, visit novascotia.ca/nse/inspection-compliance-enforcement/

A healthy society needs a safe and tasty food supply. All three levels of government are responsible for ensuring Nova Scotians eat quality food products. The department’s Food Safety section leads efforts in the province to safeguard health protection. Legislation and education are key tools.

A food safety program can respond to emerging issues of food safety and directly control many contributing factors.

The province inspects and permits retail food services and administers the Provincial Meat Inspection program. We also offer consultation and resource capacity to the agri-food industry with other agencies.

The federal, provincial and territorial governments' Agricultural Policy Framework program allows initiatives to build on existing food safety programs and to develop new measures to enable the tracing of food products, improve food quality and share information.


Publications

Catered Foods / Choisir un traiteur English PDF Français PDF
Food Thermometers for Safe Cooking / Cuisson sans danger grâce au thermomètre pour aliments English PDF Français PDF
Potentially Hazardous Foods English PDF  
Shellfish Food Safety / Les fruits de mer et la sécurité alimentaire English PDF Français PDF
Temperature Danger Zone / La zone de température dangereuse English PDF Français PDF
Temperature Danger Zone - poster English PDF  

Foodborne Illness

The following information is available from the Government of Canada's website.

Fiddlehead Safety Tips   
Campylobacter jejuni   
Clostridium botulinum  
E.coli O157  
Hepatitis A and E  
Marine toxins in shellfish  
Listeria monocytogenes  
Salmonella   
Shigella  
Vibrio  

Food Safety at Home

Sushi and Sashimi Factsheet English PDF  
Back to School - How to Avoid the Lunch Bag Blues / Le retour à l'école Comment éviter la déprime de la boîte à lunch English PDF Français PDF
Food Safety and the Shopping Cart / La salubrité des aliments dans le chariot English PDF Français PDF
Partying at Home and Feeding a Crowd / Nourrir une foule tout en fêtant à la maison English PDF Français PDF
Internal Cooking Temperatures English PDF  
Wash fruits and vegetables before eating - poster English PDF  

Food Safety at Public Markets

Approved Kitchens English PDF  
Canning and Botulinum – What you Need to Know English PDF  
Common Concerns of Food Safety (hormones, pesticides, antibiotics) / Préoccupations courantes concernant la salubrité des aliments English PDF Français PDF
Commonly Used Terms at Public Markets (local, grass fed, free-range, natural) / Termes utilisés fréquemment dans les marchés publics English PDF Français PDF
Farm Fresh Eggs English PDF  
Organic Foods / Aliments biologiques English PDF Français PDF
Providing Fruit & Vegetable Samples at Public Markets English PDF  
"Schedule A" Products at Public Markets English PDF  
"Schedule B" Products at Public Markets English PDF  
"Schedule C" Products at Public Markets English PDF  
Selling Foods at Public Markets – The Process / Vendre des produits alimentaires dans les marchés publics – Façon de procéder English PDF Français PDF
Unpasteurized Apple Cider English PDF  

Food Safety During Emergencies

Food Safety After a Flood English PDF  
Saving Foods When My Power Is Off / La conservation des aliments lors d'une panne d'électricité English PDF Français PDF
Saving Foods When My Power Is Off / La conservation des aliments lors d'une panne d'électricité English PDF Français PDF

Holiday Food Safety

Food Safety and Holiday Turkey / La sécurité alimentaire et la dinde English PDF Français PDF
Food Safety Tips: Holiday Leftovers / La conservation des aliments lors d'une panne d'électricité English PDF Français PDF
Holiday Food Safety Tips / Conseils sur la sécurité alimentaire pendant les fêtes English PDF Français PDF

Infection Control

Handwashing & Communicable Disease Prevention Practices (poster courtesy of DNR) English PDF  
Norovirus Factsheet (NS Health & Wellness) English PDF
Agricultural Fairs, Zoos, Petting Zoos and Farms (NS Health & Wellness)
  • Information about visiting English PDF Français PDF
  • Recommendations for owners and operators English PDF Français PDF
  • Animal exhibit poster English PDF Français PDF
  • Hand washing poster English PDF Français PDF

On Farm Food Safety: Reducing the Risk

Human Health Concerns Related to Soil Applications of Manure and Compost English PDF  
The Basics of Employee Hygiene English PDF  
Quality of Water Starts at the Source – Ensuring your Water is Safe English PDF  

Smoked Foods

Smoked Fish Products English PDF  
Smoked Meats English PDF  
Smoked Food Products English PDF  

Summer Food Safety

From U-Picks to Your Home — Careful Handling of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables English PDF Français PDF
Safe Food for the Great Outdoors English PDF Français PDF
Summer Barbecuing and the Risks of Food Poisoning English PDF