Dunsford Man Fined for Selling Uninspected Meat
Convicted - John Perry
Location - Sunderland, Ontario
Description of Offence - Selling uninspected meat for human consumption
Date of Offence - December 28, 2017
Date of Conviction - October 3, 2018
Penalty Imposed - $6,000 plus a Victim Fine Surcharge of $1,500
On January 10, 2018, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) received a complaint about a possible unlicenced food animal slaughter involving the defendant.
OMAFRA investigators determined that, on December 28, 2017, Mr. John Perry, a former employee at a provincially licensed meat plant, used a key he had in his possession to gain entry to that plant after hours to kill twenty sheep.
The defendant appeared before Justice of the Peace M. De Gannes on October 3, 2018 at the Provincial Offences Court in Whitby, Ontario and pled guilty for selling uninspected/unstamped meat contrary to Section 3(1)(c) of Ontario Regulation 31/05 of the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 and was issued a fine of $6,000 and a Victim Fine Surcharge of $1,500.
Ontario is a leader in food safety and meat inspection. The province's Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 and its regulations are part of Ontario's food safety system and contain high standards for the protection of consumers and the welfare of food animals.
Penalties for an individual convicted of a provincial offence under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 are set out by subsection 46(1) of the Act. An individual convicted of an offence under the Act is liable to a fine of not more than $25,000 for a first conviction, a fine of not more than $50,000 for each subsequent conviction (for each day or part of a day on which the offence occurs or continues to occur), imprisonment for not more than two years or both a fine and imprisonment.