Jessica Simpson can now find out the results of the latest inspection should she go dining in Nova Scotia – but only via the Internet (and not in the window like these pics of L.A.).
A database of food establishment inspection reports was launched Oct. 28, by Agriculture Minster Brooke Taylor.
Reports will be posted within two or three days of inspections. They will show deficiencies, the action taken, warnings issued and closure notices for facilities.
Luc Erjavec of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association welcomed the new online system as something that will benefit restaurateurs and their customers.
"It’s a system that’s going to be open and transparent. With all that’s been going on in the world with food safety, I think the public is sensitive to food safety issues and this is one more thing that could help ease any concerns."
Costa Elles, president of the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia, said restaurateurs have nothing to fear and the system will probably improve food safety.
"It sets a standard and I think we should be accountable for what we do and that’s just giving us some accountability.”
The inspection reports are available on the Department of Agriculture’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/agri/foodsafety/reports/.