The mandate of the Food Safety Section is to provide for
the health protection of Nova Scotians through quality food products. This is achieved by the administration of
legislation and education.
The Food Safety Section is responsible for the inspection and permitting of retail
food service facilities and the Provincial Meat Inspection Program.
The Section also acts in a consultative and resource capacity to other areas of the agri-food industry and with other
agencies directly responsible for food protection programs.
The Federal, Provincial and Territorial Government's
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.
A food safety program can directly control some factors affecting risks to safe food, influence outcomes in others,
and in some cases, respond to emerging issues of food safety. It is important to recognize the role of a food safety
program in the overall mandate of the Department of Agriculture.
Food Safety is everybody's responsibility. It starts on the farm, continues with the processor and retailer, and finally ends with the consumer.