A mold-filled fridge, rodents in the kitchen and food being exposed to sewage are just some of the incidents you can find reported on the Nova Scotia restaurant inspection website. But with restaurants in the province going six years without being inspected, it’s the incidents that you can’t find — the ones that may have been missed — that should concern you. Depending on a restaurant’s classification, Nova Scotia’s regulations require them to be inspected every six, 12 or 18 months.
A Global News investigation has revealed that restaurants in Nova Scotia can go up to six years without being inspected by the province’s regulators. A key concept in the investigation is risk-based assessment, which determines how frequently restaurants will be examined by provincial inspectors. Each establishment is labelled as high, medium, or low risk of leading to foodborne illnesses.
N.S. restaurants can go 6 years without inspections: Global News investigation
socastcmsRssStartAlexander QuonsocastcmsRssEndNova Scotia is supposed to carry out an inspection every six months on high-risk locationsÂ â€” the longest time between inspections in Canada. The province also has the most infrequent inspections for medium-risk restaurants.
@ericboyd@davidakin Hey Eric. I touch a little bit about that in tomorrow's piece. It's hard to determine since incidents of foodborne illness are often unreported. The data is so poor that I wouldn't want to draw a conclusion from it.
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