Burford Meat Business and Owner Fined under Food Safety Legislation
A Burford, Ontario meat business and owner pleaded guilty and were fined for violating provincial laws that protect food safety.
On April 25, 2017, 1107053 Ontario Inc. (operating as Greenwood Meats) in Burford, and owner, Thomas A. Greenwood pleaded guilty in the Brantford Provincial Offences Court to one count each of processing meat products without a licence as required under The Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001.
On November 15, 2016 an inspection was conducted at Greenwood Meats by inspectors from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. During the inspection, the inspector located tubs containing cuts of pork curing. The curing of meat products is a regulated activity that requires a licence. Further investigation revealed that Mr. Greenwood did not have a licence to conduct that activity.
The court ordered Mr. Greenwood to pay a fine of $5,000, plus a Victim Fine Surcharge of $1,250 for a total of $6,250. The fine ordered for 1107053 Ontario Inc. (operating as Greenwood Meats) was $3,000.00 plus a Victim Fine Surcharge of $750.00 for a total of $3,750.00.
This is the second time Mr. Greenwood and his company have been convicted for offences under the Act. In March 2016, Mr. Greenwood and his business were fined a total of $3000 plus a Victim Fine Surcharge of $750 for a similar offence.
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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 1-888-466-2372 ext. 5198264537.
- Ontario is a leader in food safety and meat inspection. The province's meat regulation is part of Ontario's food safety system and contains high standards for the protection of consumers.
- In Ontario, unless specific criteria for an exemption as set out in the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 and O. Reg. 31/05 (Meat), are met, no person shall carry on a licensed activity or operate premises where a licensed activity is carried on unless the person holds a licence for the activity issued under this Act. Meat plants that slaughter food animals, conduct high risk activities or wholesale meat products must be licensed.
- Activities such as smoking, curing, dehydrating of meat, are regulated activities and, unless otherwise permitted, require a licence under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001. Licensed meat plants are regularly inspected to ensure that processes required under the Act to minimize food safety risks are in place.
- 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.
- Penalties for a corporation convicted of a provincial offence under this Act may include: a fine of up to $100,000 for a first conviction and up to $200,000 for each subsequent conviction.