Retailers

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/

Food safety at the retail level is probably the most visible to the general public. People shopping for their groceries at the local supermarket or eating in their local restaurant can see the general cleanliness of the place or if staff are washing their hands.

Many retail organizations such as the Canadian Restaurant and Food Services Association, Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia and Farmers' Markets of Nova Scotia have recognized food safety as a priority and by working closely with government have developed food safety plans such as HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point). These plans not only help reduce incidences of food borne illness but have also reduced the number of consumers complaints and have actually increased efficiency and reduced food waste.

The Food Safety section regulates and inspects these operations to ensure the minimum food safety standards are maintained.

The Nova Scotia Food Safety Regulations and the Nova Scotia Food Retail & Food Services Code PDF are among Canada's newest and most proactive in the country. Together with the new Health Protection Act they help ensure Nova Scotians have the best food protection possible.

Guidelines for more specific activities are also available:

Other regulations and guidelines may also be of interest:

Forms for obtaining necessary licences and as aids to temporary event organizers:

External links:

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Food Safety Network
Anaphylaxis Canada Food Recalls and Allergy Alerts
Acrylamide Health Canada Fact Sheet Acrylamide Web Sites
Food Safety Magazine