Revoking Obsolete R.R.O 1990, Regulation 379 Grades – Hog Carcasses, under the Farm Products Grades and Sales Act
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Farm Products Grades and Sales Act
Summary of Decision:
Regulation 379 Grades – Hog Carcasses under the Farm Products Grades and Sales Act will be revoked on February 09, 2011.
Prior to 1996, the federal government was responsible for the grading of hog carcasses. Since 1996, grading of hog carcasses has been performed by the Ontario Pork Grading Authority using industry accepted standards. Regulation 379 no longer has any practical effect. Hog carcass grading may continue on a voluntary basis if decided by industry.
December 14, 2010
Summary of Proposal:
Hog carcass grading provides an objective means of measuring amount of back fat and muscle on a hog. The information is used by the processor to determine fair payment for the producer. It is not a measure of food safety and has no direct impact on consumers.
Regulation 379, under the Farm Products Grades and Sales Act, sets out the grade names and standards for the grading of hog carcasses in the province, and prescribes terms and conditions for grading. The regulation references 23 federal grade standards from the Livestock and Poultry Carcass Grading Regulations (LPCGR) of the Canada Agricultural Products Act. However, these grade names and standards were revoked from the LPCGR in 2000 when the federal government decided to terminate the federal grading program.
All market hogs in the province, with few exceptions, are graded. Currently, statutory power for grading is derived from Ontario Pork’s authority as single desk seller of hogs. Since 1996, the responsibility of hog carcass grading has been delegated by Ontario Pork (OP) to Ontario Pork Grading Authority (OPGA). OPGA grades hogs according to standards agreed upon by industry.
Regulation 379 is an obsolete regulation because it references federal standards that no longer exist and the grading regime is operated under an industry-led system. The Ministry proposes to revoke Regulation 379 with no legislative replacement.
Food Safety and Environmental Policy Branch
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February 9, 2011