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Inglewood Man Fined under Food Safety and Quality Act

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Inglewood Man Fined under Food Safety and Quality Act

An Inglewood man pleaded guilty and was fined for violating provincial food safety laws.

On March 6, 2017, Robert Goltz pleaded guilty at the Caledon East Provincial Offences Court to one count of obstructing an inspector, which is in violation of the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 (the "Act").

Inspectors appointed under the Act routinely attend farmers' markets in Ontario to obtain various samples of Ontario retail-ready produce for testing purposes (chemical and microbial). They follow strict sampling procedures ensuring sample integrity for lab testing.

On August 10, 2016, an inspector attended the Inglewood Farmer's Market in Inglewood, Ontario. The inspector approached a vendor, Mr. Goltz, and requested a sample of retail-ready carrots for testing. Mr. Goltz failed to comply with the request and interfered with the sample by grinding the carrots into the ground. This made the sample unfit for testing purposes. The actions of Mr. Goltz resulted in the matter being referred to the Ministry's Agriculture Investigations Unit.

The investigation found evidence of the inspector being obstructed in the performance of their duties by Mr. Goltz.

Mr. Goltz pleaded guilty to obstructing an inspector in the performance of their duties. The court ordered Mr. Goltz to pay a fine of $1,250 plus a victim fine surcharge of $312.50 for a total of $1,562.50 for violation of subsection 15(5) of the Act.

Help Us Enforce the Law

Anyone with information regarding potential violations of provincial food and inspection legislation is asked to contact the OMAFRA Regulatory Compliance Unit at (519) 826-4537 or toll-free at 1-877-424-1300 (Agriculture Information Contact Centre).

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is a leader in food safety. The province’s Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 is part of Ontario’s food safety system and contains high standards for the protection of consumers.
  • The Ministry’s Food Safety Monitoring Program routinely collects samples from market vendors for the purpose of chemical, microbial, and heavy metal testing.
  • The Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001, allows inspectors to examine, test, analyse, take samples of or dispose of samples of any food, agricultural or aquatic commodity, agricultural input or other thing used in carrying on a regulated activity.
  • Penalties for an individual convicted of a provincial offence under this Act may include: a fine of up to $25,000 for a first conviction and up to $50,000 for each subsequent conviction (for each day or part of a day on which the offence occurs or continues); imprisonment for no more than two years; or both a fine and imprisonment as stated in s. 46 of the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001.

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