Nova Scotians can now review inspection reports for restaurants and grocery stores through the Internet. A database of food establishment inspection reports was launched today, Oct. 28, by Agriculture Minster Brooke Taylor. “Nova Scotia has one of the most stringent food safety systems in the country, and providing pertinent information to consumers is an important part of it,” said Mr. Taylor. “The online database will provide an additional means of access to inspection reports.” 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. “The new database system will allow us to better manage food safety information,” said Mr. Taylor. “It will also streamline the work process for the food safety specialists and give them more time for conducting inspections and other work responsibilities.” Nova Scotia has 25 food specialists who are nationally certified public health inspectors. They carry out about 9,700 inspections each year in 5,000 licensed food service facilities throughout the province. Food inspection reports continue to be available through the department’s Routine Access Policy, which only provides the most recent report for three establishments at a time. The inspection reports are available on the Department of Agriculture’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/agri/foodsafety/reports/ .