$7,000 in fines levied for improper dead animal disposal

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$7,000 in fines levied for improper dead animal disposal

BROCKVILLE, ON, Nov. 14 - A Ganonoque area resident has been fined a total of $7,000 on two counts of improperly disposing of dead animals. The charges resulted from an investigation by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). On November 4, 2003, Mr. Lloyd Nuttall, 53, was convicted in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville for violating the Dead Animal Disposal Act. The Court heard that, on two occasions, in August and September, single cow carcasses were found by MNR investigators on Mr. Nuttall's property, and he was ordered to properly dispose of them. Mr. Nuttall pled guilty to both counts and Justice of the Peace Veronica Carmichael fined him a total of $7,000 with one year to pay. Mr. Nuttall was convicted and fined $2,000 for a similar offence in the spring of 2003. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food's (OMAF) inspection program is part of Ontario's food safety system, which maximizes the safety of Ontario food products by combining educational programs, laboratory support, a comprehensive legislative framework, and a thorough inspection system. The Dead Animal Disposal Act sets out the requirements for the disposal of all livestock mortalities by livestock producers in an environmentally safe and timely manner. The act is administered by OMAF and enforced by MNR. Anyone with information regarding violations of provincial food and inspection legislation is asked to contact OMAF's Enforcement Advisor Jim Cushing at (519) 826-4391 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Disponible en fran├žais For more information visit www.gov.on.ca/OMAFFor further information: Dr. Tom Baker, OMAF, (519) 826-4366; Rodger Dunlop, MNR, (519) 826-3812