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Meat Inspection Program

The Meat Inspection Program ensures that meat from Nova Scotia meat plants originates from healthy animals, is slaughtered humanely and is safe for human consumption. The program ensures all licensed meat plants are compliant with relevant legislation, including the Nova Scotia Meat Inspection Act and the Nova Scotia Animal Protection Act.

Primary Product Inspectors

Primary product inspectors (PPIs) help ensure the humane handling of food animals, and the safety of all meat and meat products from provincially licensed meat plants in Nova Scotia.
 
A primary product inspector is present each day a plant is operating to make sure standards required by provincial legislation are met (including standards for animal welfare, humane slaughter, carcass dressing procedures, meat and meat product handling, storage, temperature, sanitation, employee hygiene, equipment maintenance, waste disposal, and environmental controls).

Primary product inspectors also respond to complaints about meat plants and may accompany public health officers from the Department of Environment and Climate Change to retail locations where it’s suspected that uninspected meat may be for sale.

Meat plant licences

Primary product inspectors conduct building assessments for new meat plant licences and work with applicants until they meet all of the legislative requirements. To maintain the licence, every meat plant must continue to meet these requirements.

Meat Plant and Meat Processing Plant Starter Guide

Application for Licences under the Meat Inspection Act (PDF)

Meat processing licences

Meat processing plants need to be licensed under the Meat Inspection Act (meat processing licence) and the Health Protection Act Food Safety Regulations (Eating Establishment Permit). Public health officers from the Department of Environment and Climate Change are responsible for meat processing activities and eating establishments.

Meat Plant and Meat Processing Plant Starter Guide

Meat Processing Guidelines (PDF)

Application for Licences under the Meat Inspection Act (PDF)

Application for Eating Establishment Permit

Licences for Slaughtering Food Animals or Processing Meat for Sale in Nova Scotia - Chart (PDF)

Contact

If you have food safety, public health or animal welfare concerns, or if you have general inquiries about the Meat Inspection Program, email ice@novascotia.ca or call 1-877-936-8476. This phone number connects you to the closest local regional office.

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