NOVA SCOTIA: Province improves food safety for live lobster consumers
Government of Nova Scotia
The province is launching improved food safety standards for roadside points of sale
Vendors selling live lobster roadside will be required to have a food permit similar
to other lobster vendors. Traditional direct sales from fishing boats are exempt.
"The Health Protection Act states that vendors selling food must have a permit,"
said Ron Chisholm, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. "Food permits ensure live
lobster is safely tracked, transported and stored."
Permit holders will also be required to keep records on their selling activity and
present them to the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture when requested. Seafood
buyers are required to keep daily records, and must report buying and selling of
certain species weekly to the department.
Sellers may only sell live lobster. The permit does not allow for the sale of cooked
Permits and mandatory reporting are consistent with other jurisdictions and will
result in a fair and equitable business environment for all live lobster sellers.
"Our food safety system is set up to protect consumers," said Mike Horwich, director
of food protection at the Department of Agriculture. "We strive for food safety
standards which are applied equally to all in the industry, from the start of food's
journey all the way to the consumer."
Vendors can get a food permit online at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/paal/agric/paal006.asp
by contacting a food safety specialist in their region, or by calling the food
safety section at 902-424-1173.
For copies of the 2009 Lobster Sellers weekly report, visit the Department of
Fisheries and Aquaculture website at www.gov.ns.ca/fish/licensing/conditions.shtml
or call fisheries licensing services at 902-424-0335