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Nova Scotia Safety Laws and Requirements

The Food Premises Regulation of Nova Scotia provides all the detailed requirements for a food premise to ensure the prevention of health hazards. It outlines the minimum requirements related to general maintenance, temperature control, sanitization, pest control, proper food handler hygiene and the numerous daily tasks that food handlers are involved in.

The Food Premise Regulation also highlights the requirement for mandatory certification of food handlers and is used by Nova Scotia Public Health Inspectors during inspection.

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Federal Laws

Health Canada is tasked with creating policies and defining safety standards for businesses in the food safety industry.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is in charge of ensuring these policies and standards are followed.

Here are some laws and rules at the federal level that deal with the food safety in Canada

  • Safe Food for Canadian Act
  • Food and Drugs Act

Provincial Laws

These regulations are established by:

  • Nova Scotia Food Safety Regulations
  • Nova Scotia Health Protection Act
  • Nova Scotia Food Retail and Food Services Code

These laws ensure that food available for purchase in Nova Scotia is safe and appropriate for human consumption, meeting all standards specified in the Health Protection Act.

Enforcement of these provincial food safety laws falls under the purview of the Nova Scotia Inspection, Compliance, and Enforcement Division within the Department of Environment.

What does the Nova Scotia Regulation say about Food Handlers Certificates?

A valid food handler certificate is required for every operator of a food service establishment..

If the operator is not on the premises, at least one employee who holds a valid food handler certificate must be present.

What Should I Do?

Expert Advice: All health inspectors and health departments recommend getting you and your entire staff certified. Becoming a certified food handler secures you and your business from claims of food contamination or poisoning.

Food Handlers Certification: Additional Information

Getting a Food Handler Certification in Nova Scotia is something many of your staff have to do by law, and it is a good idea to make sure every person who deals with food in your business gets certified.

Certificate Expiry and Renewal?

In Nova Scotia, Food Handler Certifications are valid for five years, and you must renew them every five years.

Who Should Take This Food Handler Certificate in Nova Scotia?

In Nova Scotia, every operator of a food service establishment and at least one employee on every shift, must hold a Food Handler Certificate.

Probe It’s Food Safety Certificate will allow you to comply with training regulations. Our certificates are valid across Canada for 5 years.

What Happens If I Don’t Get The Nova Scotia Food Handlers Certificate?

Consequences can be severe if you or your staff choose to neglect food safety certification.

Nova Scotia Food safety Inspections

Provincial or municipal governments and any regional health authorities monitor food safety across Nova Scotia. Inspectors will visit your business before it opens and anytime every four to six months after.

Be prepared to provide all Nova Scotia Food Handler Certificates and your business’ Food Safety Plan during inspections.

The role of local health inspectors in food safety in Nova Scotia is to:


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