Amendment to the Meat Regulation to Delay its Application to Medium and Small Free-Standing Meat Plants
Ontario Regulation 659/05
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001
Summary of Decision:
Ontario Regulation 659/05 will extend the implementation dates of the Meat Regulation for small and medium free-standing meat plants as stated above.
January 4, 2006
Summary of Proposal:
The Meat Regulation (O.Reg. 31/05) came into effect on June 01, 2005 and sets out licensing requirements for slaughter plants and free-standing meat plants. The Meat Regulation includes outcome-based standards for premises, facilities, processes and products. The application of the regulation was to be phased in over a 16-month period. OMAFRA is extending the implementation of the regulation for small and medium FSMPs to allow more time for the industry to make any necessary changes to their operations. Implementation will be spread over a period of 3.5 years. The date changes include:·Medium-sized FSMPs to be regulated on October 1, 2006 instead of April 1, 2006.·Small FSMPs producing medium to high risk products to be subject to the regulation on October 1, 2007 instead of October 1, 2006. ·Small FSMPs producing only lower risk products to be subject to the regulation on October 1, 2008 instead of October 1, 2006.
Medium-sized meat plants are defined as those plants producing between 500,000 and 1 million kg annually based on 2004 production volumes. Small meat plants are defined as those plants producing less than 500,000 kg annually based on 2004 production volumes. If the plant was not operating in 2004, implementation dates of the regulation will be based on the type of activities carried on. More information is available at:http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/DBLaws/Regs/English/050031_e.htm
December 15, 2005