Calgary, AB, April 05, 2012: On February 17, 2012 in Alberta Provincial Court, Yao Sun Loong Kong Chicken Limited entered a guilty plea to a violation of Section 8 of the Meat Inspection Act for sending meat product which was not prepared in a federally registered establishment from one province to another. The court also ordered forfeiture of all detained meat product pursuant to Section 17 of this Act.
The Honourable Judge Van de Veen imposed a fine of $7,500.
Section 8 states:
“No person shall send or convey a meat product from one province to another unless
(a) it was prepared or stored in a registered establishment that was operated in accordance with this Act and the regulations.”
Section 17 (3) states:
“Where the owner of a meat product or other thing seized under this Act or the person in possession of it at the time of seizure consents to its disposal, it is thereupon forfeited to Her Majesty in right of Canada and may be disposed of, as the Minister may direct, at the expense of the person consenting to the disposal.”
In August 2009, A Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) investigation determined that Yao Sun Loong Kong Chicken Limited sent meat product from Alberta to British Columbia that was not prepared in a federally registered establishment, contrary to Section 8 of the Meat Inspection Act.
The CFIA enforces federal legislation including the Meat Inspection Act and its Regulations. The CFIA safeguards food, animals and plants which enhances the health and well-being of Canada’s people, environment and economy, and access to international markets.