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Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture

Meat Slaughtering and Processing Licence

Who Needs This Licence?
Anyone in Nova Scotia who wants to engage in the business of slaughtering animals and processing meat and meat products.

Note: Deer are covered by the Deer Processor Licence , Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture.
Issuing Department / Agency:
Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
Where can you get this Licence and / or further information?
Sarah Tumer
Inspector Specialist
Department of Environment

Tel: 902-890-9301
Office Location
36 Inglis Place
Floor 2
Truro, NS B2N 4B4

Application Forms & Process:
An application form may be obtained from the Food Safety Section of the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture.

Once the facility is approved, a licence will be delivered to the business premise by staff of the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture.
Waiting Period:
10 business days
provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
This licence does not expire.
However, the licence may be revoked if regulations are not adhered to as required.
Related Requirements:
  1. The facilities and premises must be inspected and approved by departmental Food Safety Inspectors before this licence can be issued.
  1. Where an abattoir sells direct to the public, they are covered by the foodshop regulations administered by the Department.
Additional Information:
  1. This licence covers the basic construction of the facility and sanitary procedures to ensure a safe food supply.

  2. Licensed Meat Plants must meet and maintain the standards established in the regulations made pursuant to the Meat Inspection Act.
Legislative Authority:
Meat Inspection Act, Chapter 6 of the Acts of 1996.

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