06/11/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/11/2019 08:11
Ancaster Man fined for Operating a Slaughter Plant without a Licence
Convicted - Abdalssamia Ali
Location - Hamilton, Ontario
Description of Offence - The defendant was convicted of carrying on a licenced activity without a licence, not having a meat hygiene inspector present for an ante mortem inspection and not having a meat hygiene inspector present for a post mortem inspection.
Date of Offence - August 21, 2018
Date of Conviction - May 22, 2019
Penalty Imposed - $5,000 plus Victim Fine Surcharge of $1,250
An investigation into activities taking place on a farm in Hamilton, Ontario 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.
On August 21, 2018, the Agriculture Investigations Unit along with police officers entered the farm property and observed approximately 40 people involved in the slaughter of approximately 30 sheep. The meat was being transported off the property by these individuals. The defendant admitted to not having a licence to operate a slaughter plant, and no inspector under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 had performed any ante mortem or post mortem inspections.
Provincially licenced slaughter plants in Ontario are regulated under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001. This Act promotes food safety practices at slaughter plants and freestanding meat plants.