$3,000 in fines levied under provincial Meat Inspection Act

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$3,000 in fines levied under provincial Meat Inspection Act

SMITHS FALLS, ON, Nov. 27 - Mr. Steven Miskelly, of the Smiths Falls area, has been fined a total of $3,000 for operating a meat plant without a licence and illegal slaughter. He also received a $750 victim fine surcharge. On November 18, 2003, Mr. Miskelly was convicted in the Ontario Court of Justice in Perth for violating the Meat Inspection Act (Ontario). The Court heard that on October 21, 2003, Mr. Miskelly custom slaughtered eleven cattle for local producers at his facility, even though the facility was not licensed and there was no inspector present. The carcasses were detained, as required under the Meat Inspection Act (Ontario). Mr. Miskelly pled guilty to two counts under the act. Justice of the Peace Richard Sculthorpe fined Mr. Miskelly a total of $3,000, and levied a $750 victim fine surcharge. 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 Meat Inspection Act (Ontario) provides for the inspection of animals and carcasses in slaughtering plants, and regulates conditions and methods of operation. These acts are administered by OMAF and enforced by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. 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.omaf.gov.on.caFor further information: Contacts: Dr. Tom Baker, OMAF, (519) 826-4366; Rodger Dunlop, MNR, (519) 826-3812