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JBK Meat Products Inc. Fined $15,000 for Offences Under  the Meat Inspection Act

December 31, 2009, Guelph, Ontario - On November 10, 2009, a conviction was registered against JBK Meat Products Inc. (carrying on business as M. Gross 2000 of Toronto) in the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Thomas for one count of violating the Meat Inspection Act. The company was fined a total of $15,000.

The Meat Inspection Act pertains to the import and export of and interprovincial trade in meat products, as well as the registration of establishments and the inspection of animals and meat products in registered establishments. It also sets the standards for those establishments.

In August 2007, the company sent 19,911 kilograms of beef to Montreal, Quebec from Malahide Township, near Aylmer, Ontario, thereby violating section 8(a) of the Meat Inspection Act. The section states that no person shall send or convey a meat product from one province to another unless it was prepared or stored in a registered establishment that was operated in accordance with this Act and the regulations. JBK Meat Products Inc. is not a federally-registered meat establishment.

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For more information, media may contact:

Marilyn Taylor (English)
Communications Specialist, Ontario Area, 519-837-5852

JoAnne Ford (French)
Area Communications Manager, Ontario Area, 519-826-3027