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N.S. posts new food safety database

Nova Scotia’s agriculture department will manage a new database of inspection reports for the province’s food establishments, grocery stores and restaurants.

In launching the new database Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Brooke Taylor said the system “will allow us to better manage food safety information” and streamline the work process for the province’s 25 food safety specialists, giving them more time to inspect facilities.

The province’s food specialists handle about 9,700 inspections each year in 5,000 licensed food service facilities, the province said.

Reports will be posted within two or three days of inspections, the province said, and will show any deficiencies, the action taken, warnings issued and closure notices for facilities.

Food inspection reports will also still be available through the ag department’s routine access policy, which it noted will only provide the most recent report for three establishments at a time.

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