Meat Processor Fined $5,650 Under Food Safety Legislation

Tuesday June 24th, 2014

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A Kingsville man was fined $5,650 for violations of provincial laws that protect food safety.

On May 21st, 2014, Pedro Krahn, owner and operator of Krahn’s Meat Market, pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice in Windsor to five counts of carrying on licensed activities without being licensed.

The investigation was carried out by Ministry of Natural Resources officers on February 9th, 2012. Their investigation revealed that Mr. Krahn manufactured summer sausage and wholesaled the product to retailers in Kingsville, Wheatley and Leamington. The offences occurred between December 2011 and February 2012.

Summer sausage processing is an activity that requires a licence under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001, because there are risks associated with this activity. Licensed plants are inspected to ensure that processes are in place to minimize food safety risks.

Mr. Krahn had previously held a licence to operate Krahn’s Meat Market as a freestanding meat processing plant under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001; however, he surrendered the licence in June 2009.

Officials say that although he was advised several times to stop making and distributing summer sausage without a current and valid licence, he continued to operate without the required licence.

The court ordered Mr. Krahn to pay a fine of $5,000 plus a victim surcharge of $650 for a total of $5,650.

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