NDP Invests in Food Safety

November 16, 2011

The province is making milk and dairy product quality testing faster and more accurate in Nova Scotia.

Agriculture Minister John MacDonell announced today, Nov. 16, that the province has bought a Bactoscan analyzer to automate the manual laboratory process. The investment is part of the province’s new capital plan to make life better for families.

“This investment will help Nova Scotia’s dairy producers provide the best quality and safest milk products possible for consumers,” said Mr. MacDonell. “Improving laboratory testing means better efficiency and more profits for dairy producers. Overall, it means better, healthier dairy products for Nova Scotia families.”

The $225,000 piece of equipment will be used in the Department of Agriculture’s laboratory in Truro. It will bring Nova Scotia to the same standard of testing as most dairy labs across Canada and help the province’s 245 licenced dairy producers.

“Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia and the province’s processing sector is pleased with this improvement in milk-quality testing technology,” said Havey Whidden, chairman of Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia. “New technology will allow the dairy industry to continue meeting consumer’s expectations of high-quality milk and dairy products.”

The Department of Agriculture operates several labs that analyze soils, livestock feed, plants, water and other materials. These services are available to producers, government, researchers, private companies and the public.

The province’s new capital plan will invest millions of dollars to make life better for families. It will create good jobs, grow the economy and provide better health care for Nova Scotians. Details on investments will be announced in the months ahead.