Kingston man fined $3,500 for Operating a Slaughter Plant without a Licence
Convicted: Mariolito Balayo
Location: Whitby, Ontario
Description of Offence:
The defendant was convicted of carrying on a licenced activity without a licence, and not having a meat hygiene inspector present for an ante mortem inspection or a post mortem inspection as required under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 and its regulations.
Date of Offence: January 1, 2018 - December 30, 2018
Date of Conviction: October 2, 2019
$3,500 plus Victim Fine Surcharge of $875 for carrying on a licenced activity without a licence, as well as a Suspended Sentence on not having an ante mortem inspection and a post mortem inspection.
An investigation into activities taking place on a farm in Whitby was launched by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) after complaints were received about suspected animal slaughter at, and distribution from, the premises involved.
In 2018, the defendant was renting a barn in the Whitby, Ontario area. During this period of time he would attend a local livestock auction, and under his wife's name, purchase animals for slaughtering. The animals were transferred from the sale barn to the Whitby barn where the defendant would slaughter the animals on customer demand.
An investigation by OMAFRA lead to evidence of over 20 animals being illegally slaughtered at the barn and the meat being distributed off of the property. The defendant admitted to not having a licence to operate a slaughter plant, and no inspector appointed under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 performed ante mortem or post mortem inspections.