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Woodville man fined $1,500 for carrying on a licensed activity without holding a licence

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Woodville man fined $1,500 for carrying on a licensed activity without holding a licence

Convicted - Prathab Nirupasingham

Location - Woodville, Ontario

Description of Offence - Mr. Nirupasingham permitted an unlicensed activity to be conducted on his property.

Date of Offence - September 1, 2017

Date of Conviction - November 20, 2017

Penalty Imposed

  • Mr. Nirupasingham was fined $1,500 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 $375, as required by the Provincial Offences Act.  The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

Background

  • On September 1, 2017 officers from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs' (OMAFRA)  Agriculture Investigations Unit attended a farm in Woodville, Ontario and attempted to speak to the owner, Mr. Prathab Nirupasingham. Upon arrival the officers encountered another man, who was allowing a group of people to slaugher lambs.
  • On September 12, 2017 the investigators interviewed Mr. Nirupasingham who admitted that he was aware of the slaughter on his property and he had given his approval for the activity.
  • The investigation confirmed that Mr. Nirupasingham did not hold a licence to conduct slaughter activities as required by the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001, and that no appointed inspector was present during the slaughter.
  • Under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001,  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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 1-888-466-2372 ext. 5198264537.

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