Minden man fined $3,000 for carrying on a licensed activity without holding a licence
Convicted - Norman Weber
Location - Minden, Ontario
Description of Offence - Mr. Weber was producing Category 2 meat products without the required licence
Date of Offence - Between June 1, 2017 and July 27, 2017
Date of Conviction - November 20, 2017
Mr. Weber was fined $3,000 by Justice of the Peace Catherine Henderson, at the Lindsay Provincial Offences Court. The court also imposed a 25 per cent Victim Fine Surcharge of $750, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.
- 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.
- Category 2 activities include canning, curing, dehydrating, emulsifying, fermenting and smoking of meat products. Licensed meat plants are regularly inspected to ensure that processes required under the Act to minimize food safety risks are in place.
- On July 27, 2017, inspectors with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) conducted an inspection at Norm's Smokehouse, located in Minden, Ontario. The officers discovered that Mr. Weber was producing Category 2 Meat Products, including smoked meats. The meat products were voluntarily condemned and destroyed.
- Mr. Weber was previously licensed as a Freestanding Meat Plant to produce Category 2 meat products but gave up that licence on January 22, 2016.
- 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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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.