Regulation - LGIC

Proposed Amendments to the Meat Regulation under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg. 31/05
O. Reg. 223/05 Fees
Bill or Act:
Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry is proposing changes to O. Reg. 31/05 (Meat) made under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001. The changes would reduce burden for provincially licensed meat plant operators in Ontario while maintaining food safety.

The proposed amendments would reduce administrative burden by removing the requirements for meat plant licence renewal (with a consequential change to O. Reg. 223/05 Fees) and allowing for the voluntary surrender of a licence when an operator no longer performs licensed activities.

Other amendments would clarify regulatory requirements for farmers and meat plant operators and provide additional business opportunities. It is proposed that changes would be made to clearly allow a farmer to have someone perform the slaughter of their food animal, on their behalf on their farm.

If certain regulatory processes are followed, the carcass of a food animal slaughtered on a farm can be brought to a meat plant for processing. The weeks of the year in which this can take place would be expanded from 16 weeks to 32 weeks of the year and there would be no restrictions on the maximum number of consecutive weeks in which this would be permitted.

To streamline the process of an emergency slaughter of an injured food animal on the farm, it is proposed that an appointed non-veterinary inspector be permitted to perform the post mortem inspection when the carcass arrives at a meat plant, rather than requiring an appointed veterinary inspector to perform this inspection.

The regulation would be clarified to allow hunted game products (for example, whole cuts of meat) to be further processed at meat plants.

To address the increasing demand for religious or ritual slaughter at meat plants, an amendment is proposed that would allow for carcasses slaughtered according to religion or ritual to be further distributed in certain circumstances.

To move to more outcome based requirements, it is proposed that the current requirements for a water sampling tap and a backflow prevention device at a meat plant be removed and allow for flexibility in how to achieve the outcome of a safe water supply at the meat plant.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
It is anticipated that there would be no net increase in burden to business. Many of the proposed changes will benefit businesses by reducing administrative burden and reducing operating costs. Minimal administrative costs could include the time required by meat plant operators to read and understand the regulatory changes, should they be approved. Requirements for additional controls to mitigate potential risks associated with the proposed change to the distribution of carcasses from religious or ritual slaughter would pose little new burden.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
November 19, 2018
Comments Due Date:
January 10, 2019
Contact Address:
Andrea Smallwood
Food Safety and Environmental Policy
1 Stone Road, Guelph, N1G 4Y2