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Ontario to tighten meat safety standards

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Ontario to tighten meat safety standards

by Pete Hisey on 2/16/05 for Meatingplace.com

The government of Ontario is investing $25 million (Canadian) in upgrading standards at slaughterhouses and meat processing facilities.

A new regulation under the Food Safety and Quality Act will require licensing and inspection of free-standing meat processors, strengthening of process controls at processing facilities and extra training for food handlers. Until now, free-standing processors, meaning those with no slaughter facilities, were not subject to federal inspection.

The regulation will take effect on June 1, 2005, for the largest processors; on April 1, 2006, for medium-sized processors; and on Oct. 1, 2006, for all others.

Ontario has hired back 132 meat inspectors since December 2003 after a previous administration had turned most inspectors into private contractors.

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