Woodbridge Company Fined Under Food Safety Legislation
A Woodbridge company pleaded guilty and was fined $3,125 for violating provincial laws that protect food safety.
On February 17, 2017, Ontario Corporation 1381075, operating as Dolce Lucano Inc. of Woodbridge, pleaded guilty in the York Region Ontario Court of Justice, to one count of carrying on a Category 2 activity without a licence, as required by the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001.
On May 17, 2016, an inspection was conducted at Dolce Lucano Inc., located at 133 Regina Road in Woodbridge, by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The inspectors observed a considerable amount of dry cured meat products for sale. Representatives of the company indicated these regulated meat products were produced on the premises, which did not have the required licence. The inspectors detained the regulated meat products, which were ultimately ordered to be disposed of. The estimated market value of these products was approximately $100,000.
Justice William Turtle ordered Dolce Lucano Inc. to pay a fine of $2,500 plus a Victim Fine Surcharge of $625 for a total of $3,125.
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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 and welfare of animals.
- 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 a fine of up to $200,000 for each subsequent conviction.