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Minden, Ontario man fined $6,000 for selling uninspected meat products without a license

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Minden, Ontario man fined $6,000 for selling uninspected meat products without a license

Convicted: Mr. Norman Weber

Location: Minden, Ontario

Description of Offence:

Operating a plant without a license - FSQA 4(1)

Date of Offence: September 5, 2019

Date of Conviction: February 11, 2020

Penalty Imposed: $6,000 plus a Victim Fine Surcharge of $1,500, for a total of $7,500

Background:

Mr. Norman Weber is the owner of Norm's Smokehouse located in Minden, Ontario. In September 2019, a Compliance and Advisory Officer and a local Health Inspector visited the store for a follow-up inspection and found that Mr. Weber had been producing several smoked and cured meat products without the required license to do so.

OMAFRA investigators also discovered that Mr. Weber had been supplying a local business with the uninspected meat products.

Mr. Weber appeared before Justice of the Peace L. Kay on February 11, 2020 at the Provincial Offences Court in Minden, Ontario and pled guilty to the offence of carrying on a licensed activity without holding a licence, contrary to Section 4(1) of the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001.

This is Mr. Weber's third conviction for offences under this regulation.

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 set high standards for the protection of consumers and the welfare of food animals.

Under penalties set out by the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001, an individual convicted of an offence under the Act is liable to a fine up to $25,000 for a first conviction, and $50,000 for subsequent convictions. Corporations may face fines up to $100,000 for first offences, and $200,000 for subsequent convictions.

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