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Burlington Individual Fined For Interfering With A Detained Product

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Burlington Individual Fined For Interfering With A Detained Product

Convicted - Cornelius Groenewegen

  • Location - Toronto, Ontario

Description of Offence - Mr. Groenewegen disposed of beets that had been detained by an inspector without the authorization of the inspector.   

Date of Offence - Between July 4, 2017 and  July 25, 2017

Date of Conviction - January 18, 2018

Penalty Imposed

Mr. Groenewegen was fined $1,000.00 by Justice of the Peace Kevin Madigan, at the Toronto Provincial Offences Court. The court also imposed a 25 per cent Victim Fine Surcharge of $250.00, under authority of the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.


  • On July 4, 2017, inspectors with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) conducted an inspection at the Ontario Food Terminal, located in Toronto, Ontario. The officers discovered that there were beets being offered for sale that did not meet the requirement of the regulations of the provincial Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001. The packages of vegetables were not labelled with the name and address of the packer and the country of origin of the vegetables.
  • The beets were detained until the country of origin could be determined and the package labelling was brought into compliance with the requirements of the regulation.
  • On July 25, 2017 a follow-up inspection was conducted and it was discovered that the beets had been thrown out.
  • It is an offence under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 to interfere with products that have been detained.
  • The grading, packaging, labelling, transporting, advertising and sale of produce is regulated under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001.
  • Inspections are conducted where produce is sold to determine compliance with the Act and its regulations.
  • Non-compliant products may be detained by the inspector, until such time as they meet the requirements of the regulations
  • 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 section 46 of the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001. 

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