Chapter 14 - Enforcement
14.2 Enforcement Actions and Procedures

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In this section, enforcement actions are identified. Each action includes the regulatory authority, procedures, and any letter templates required to execute the action.

14.2.1 Procedures for Reports and Documentation

What are the reports that can be issued concerning operators and registered establishments?

Inspectors can issue the following reports:

  • CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR)
  • CFIA/ACIA 5393 Inspector's Non Compliance Report (INCR)

14.2.1.1 What is a CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR)?

The CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR):

  • is a tool used by inspectors to achieve compliance;
  • is an inspection report issued to an operator by the inspector as part of the Compliance Verification System (CVS);
  • describes a specific situation of non compliance;
  • requires the operator to provide an acceptable action plan by a specified date; and
  • requires the operator to effectively implement corrective measures by a specified date.

When is a CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR) issued?

Inspectors issue a CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR) to operators when a CVS verification task is assessed as unacceptable.

How is a CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR) issued?

  • Chapter 18 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures details how to issue a CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR).
  • It is crucial for a CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR) to be completed specifically according to the instructions provided by Chapter 18.
  • Inspectors should ask for guidance prior to issuing a CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR), if necessary.

What if the Operator does not effectively implement corrective and preventative measures by the specified date and the inspector cannot close the CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR)?

The inspector may submit a request to his or her supervisor for a review of the CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR & Follow up) by management.

14.2.1.2 How Does an Inspector Request a Review by Management?

The inspector completes the top portion of a CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking form (i.e. Region, Area, Inspection Manager and CAR No.) and submits it along with the completed CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR & Follow up) to his or her supervisor for approval.

  • The CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR & Follow up) is reviewed by the supervisor to ensure it accurately reflects the contravention and is completed as required.
  • The supervisor enters their review results and approval or refusal reasons on the Enforcement Tracking Form. The supervisor either forwards the file to the Inspection Manager for subsequent approval; or
  • The supervisor provides feedback to the inspector as to why the request was not approved and gives guidance as to what action to take with respect to the open CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR). The completed Enforcement Tracking Form is returned for the inspector's file.

If the file was forwarded to the Inspection Manager:

  • The Inspection Manager forms the Review Team to analyze the request and associated documentation.
  • The Inspection Manger enters the Review Team's recommendations and any action(s) taken on the Enforcement Tracking Form.
  • The Inspection Manager must ensure that feedback is provided to the inspector as to what action to take with respect to the open CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report- Corrective Action Request (CAR), including direction on any next steps in the enforcement process.

14.2.1.3 What is a CFIA/ACIA 5393 Inspector's Non-Compliance Report (INCR)?

  • The INCR is a form intended to standardize referrals to Enforcement and Investigation Services (EIS) and also serves as a tool to assist inspectors in identifying and collecting relevant information when reporting incidents of non-compliance.
  • Consult with EIS for specific information and instructions.

When is a CFIA/ACIA 5393 INCR issued?

  • When an inspector identifies a situation of non-compliance that may result in prosecution OR Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs).

How is a CFIA/ACIA 5393 INCR issued?

  • An Enforcement Tracking Form must be generated by the inspector to accompany the INCR through the manager approval process.
  • The supervisor enters their review results and their reasons for approval or refusal on the Enforcement Tracking Form.
  • The supervisor either forwards the file to the Inspection Manager (IM) for subsequent approval or provides feedback to the inspector as to why the INCR was not approved and returns the completed Enforcement Tracking Form for the inspector's file.
  • The IM reviews the INCR to ensure it accurately reflects the contravention and is completed as required.
  • The IM enters their review results and approval or refusal reasons on the Enforcement Tracking Form. The IM either forwards the file to the EIS and returns the completed Enforcement Tracking Form for the inspector's file or
  • The IM provides feedback to the inspector as to why the INCR was not approved and returns the completed Enforcement Tracking Form for the inspector's file

14.2.1.4 What is a CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form?

The Enforcement Tracking form is generated by the inspector each time he or she requests Management Review of a CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR) or has completed an INCR to be forwarded through the chain of management for approval.

The form is used to document the decisions/recommendations proposed by the supervisor and Inspection Manager during the review of a CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR) or an INCR.

The completed Enforcement Tracking Form also serves as a mechanism to provide the inspector with reasons as to why an Inspection Report- Corrective Action Request (CAR) should be closed or why an INCR (recommendation to Enforcement and Investigation Services for investigation for prosecution, AMPs, etc.) is not supported and must be returned to the inspector's file.

14.2.1.5 What is a Final Notice of Non-Compliance?

The Final Notice of Non-Compliance is a tool used by the CFIA in the enforcement process to achieve compliance.

The Final Notice of Non-Compliance:

  • is a notice issued to the operator by the Inspection Manager as recommended by the Management Review Team;
  • specifies the date by which the operator must correct the non-compliance(s) identified in the associated CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR) to avoid further enforcement action. Once a Final Notice of Non-Compliance is issued, the date by which the operator must correct the non-compliance cannot be extended beyond that date. Any request for an extension from the operator to correct the non-compliance must be submitted to and considered by the Inspector as part of the CAR process (see Chapter 18, section 18.7.5.3 Action Plan Extensions), before a Final Notice of Non-Compliance is issued.

When is a Final Notice of Non-Compliance issued?

The Inspection Manager issues a Final Notice of Non-Compliance to the operator when the Management Review Team recommends this action. The Management Review Team (Review Team) recommends that a Final Notice of Non-Compliance be issued to the operator when:

  • the Inspection Manager receives a request for review of a CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR) from an inspector where the operator has not implemented effective corrective and preventive measures by the specified date; and
  • the Review Team recommends this as the most appropriate action to achieve compliance.

How is a Final Notice of Non-Compliance issued?

The Inspection Manager:

  • completes a Final Notice of Non-Compliance using the letter template;
  • records his or her actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and attaches a copy of the Final Notice of Non-Compliance to the file;
  • forwards the form and the file to the Inspector for next steps;

The Inspector:

  • along with the EG-05 (for processing establishments) or the Veterinarian in Charge (VIC) and/or the Regional Veterinary Officer (RVO) (for slaughter establishments), meets with the operator to issue the Final Notice of Non-Compliance;
  • advises the operator that the CFIA will take additional enforcement action(s) if the non-compliance is not corrected by the date specified in the Final Notice of Non-Compliance; and
  • documents the meeting on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form; the record of the meeting should include: the date and time of the meeting, the location of the meeting, all CFIA and operator participants at the meeting, and a brief summary of the meeting.

What if the operator meets the requirements by the date stated in the Final Notice of Non-Compliance?

Based on the inspector's verification, if the Review Team determines that the operator did meet the requirements as stated in the Final Notice of Non-Compliance:

The Inspector:

  • records his or her findings on the CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Follow-up and closes the report; and
  • documents the result of his or her follow-up verification on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and informs his or her supervisor and Inspection Manager.

The Inspection Manager:

  • completes an End of Enforcement notification to the operator that confirms that they have satisfactorily taken corrective measures to address the non-compliance;

The Review Team:

  • records the measures taken on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and attaches a copy of the written notification; and
  • returns the form and the file to the inspector for retention on the operator's file.

The Inspector:

  • delivers the End of Enforcement letter to the operator; and
  • documents the delivery of the letter on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form, including the date and time of delivery, location, and who received the letter.

What if the operator does not meet the requirements by the date stated in the Final Notice of Non-Compliance?

Based on the verifications of the inspector, if the Review Team determines that the operator did not meet the requirements as stated in the Final Notice of Non-Compliance:

The Inspector:

  • records his or her findings on the CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Follow-up and the report remains open; and
  • documents the result of his or her follow-up verification on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and informs his or her supervisor and Inspection Manager.

The Review Team:

The Inspection Manager:

  • decides on the appropriate enforcement action to take;
  • provides feedback to the inspector;
  • initiates the action in a timely manner;
  • verifies the completion or resolution of the enforcement action; and
  • records its actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form.

14.2.2 Official Tags

What Official Tags are used by Inspectors?

The Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 state:

2. (1) "official tag" means any mark, imprint, stamp, seal, tag or other identification, including a detention tag, used by an inspector to indicate that an animal, meat product or other thing has been held, detained or condemned by the inspector;

There are seven types of Official Tags issued by the CFIA and used by inspectorsFootnote 1:

  • CFIA/ACIA 0083 Detention Tag (single red tag - used in conjunction with CFIA/ACIA 3256 Notice of Detention);
  • CFIA/ACIA 0093 Held Tag (single tag with perforated end);
  • CFIA/ACIA 0094 Held Tag (gang of 3);
  • CFIA/ACIA 1464 Held Tag (gang of 5);
  • CFIA/ACIA 1467 Meat Inspection Identification Tag (gang of 4);
  • CFIA/ACIA 1429 Condemned Tag (single black tag); and
  • CFIA/ACIA 3256 Detention Tag (pink - used in conjunction with CFIA/ACIA  3256 Notice of Detention).

See 14.3 for a description of when each Official Tag is used.

What is the impact to anyone who, without an inspector's consent, moves, alters or interferes with a product or thing controlled by an Official Tag?

The Meat Inspection Act states:

14. (2) Except with the authority of an inspector, no person shall remove, alter or interfere in any way with anything seized or detained under this Act by an inspector.

Anyone who removes, alters, or interferes with an official CFIA/ACIA 3256 detention tag without the authorization of the inspector could be charged with a contravention of 14(2) of the Meat Inspection Act.

In addition:

The Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 state:

130. (1) No person shall remove or alter an official seal or official tag applied by or under the authority of an inspector unless authorized to do so by an inspector.

(2) Any food animal, meat product or other thing being held on the instructions of an inspector shall not be handled or used in any way without the permission of an inspector.

14.2.3 Seizure and Detention

Where is the authority to seize and detain a meat product or other thing?

The Meat Inspection Act states:

15. (1) Where an inspector believes on reasonable grounds that this Act or the regulations have been contravened, the inspector may seize and detain any meat product or other thing by means of or in relation to which the inspector believes on reasonable grounds the contravention was committed.

When does an inspector seize and detain a product or other thing?

The inspector seizes and detains a meat product or other things (for example: equipment, stamps, printers, labels, or anything related to the contravention etc.) when an inspector has reasonable grounds to believe that there has been a contravention of the Act and/or Regulations.

Contraventions may include situations:

  • that pose a risk to food safety or a threat to human health, in which the operator is unwilling or is unable to comply and take corrective action;
  • of fraud or mislabelling;
  • in which imported meat products are refused entry into Canada.

Note: It is understood that an inspector also has the power to seize and detain, as it relates to food, under the Food and Drugs Act and under the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act.

The Food and Drugs Act states:

23. (1) Subject to subsection (1.1), an inspector may at any reasonable time enter any place where the inspector believes on reasonable grounds any article to which this Act or the regulations apply is manufactured, prepared, preserved, packaged or stored, and may

(d) seize and detain for such time as may be necessary any article by means of or in relation to which the inspector believes on reasonable grounds any provision of this Act or the regulations has been contravened.

The Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act states:

15. (1) Where an inspector believes on reasonable grounds that any provision of this Act or the regulations has been contravened, the inspector may seize and detain any product or any labelling, packaging or advertising material by means of or in relation to which the inspector believes on reasonable grounds the contravention was committed.

How does an inspector seize and detain a meat product or thing?

The inspector:

  • completes a CFIA/ACIA 3256 Notice of Detention and attaches the corresponding pink CFIA/ACIA 3256 Detention Tag in a prominent place on the meat product or thing that is to be seized and detained. The CFIA/ACIA 3256, which includes the Detention Tag and the Notice of Detention, is available to order in the CFIA forms catalogue;
  • delivers in person or by registered mail the CFIA/ACIA 3256 Notice of Detention (The detention Tag and Notice must bear the same serial number) to the:
    • person having care or custody over the controlled product or thing; and
    • owner or owner's agent of the product or thing;
  • ensures that the product or thing seized and detained is stored in the place where it was seized or stored; or at any other place at the inspector's discretion in accordance with 14(2) or 15(2) of the Meat Inspection Act;
  • seizes and detains the product or thing at the owner's expense, under appropriate storage conditions to preserve the product or thing;
  • completes the verification task related to the contravention and references the seizure and detention in the CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR) issued to the operator;
  • maintains continuous control of the product or thing throughout a period of seizure and detention; and
  • seizes and detains products or things for not more than 180 days.

When is a meat product or thing released from detention?

The inspector releases meat products or things from detention when:

  • 180 days have passed since the seizure and no charges have been laid related to the violation; or
  • the inspector believes on reasonable grounds that the meat product or thing complies with the Act and the Regulations prior to the 180 days expiration and no charges have been laid related to the contravention; or
  • charges have been laid related to the violation and the proceedings have been concluded; or
  • the Tribunal or court is satisfied that sufficient evidence exists or may reasonably be obtained without detaining the thing that is the subject-matter of the proceedings; or
  • the Tribunal or convicting court or judge order the meat product or thing be forfeited and disposed as the Minister may direct; or
  • the owner or the person in possession of it at the time of seizure consents to its disposal and is disposed of as the Minister may direct.

How does an inspector remove a meat product or thing from seizure and detention?

The inspector:

  • removes or instructs the operator to remove the CFIA/ACIA 3256 Detention Tag;
  • delivers by hand or by registered mail a copy of a CFIA/ACIA Notice of Release from Detention to the persons who received the copy of the Notice of Detention.

14.2.4 Removal of Meat Products Imported into Canada

Where is the authority to request an importer to remove meat products imported into Canada?

The Meat Inspection Act states:

18. (1) Where an inspector believes on reasonable grounds that any meat product is being or has been imported into Canada in contravention of this Act or the regulations, the inspector may, whether or not the inspector seizes the meat product pursuant to section 15, require the importer to remove it from Canada by giving the importer a notice for its removal delivered to the importer personally or sent by registered mail to the importer's business address in Canada.

The Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 state:

124. The importer of a meat product who has been given a notice for the removal of the meat product from Canada referred to in subsection 18(1) of the Act shall present the meat product to an inspector for verification of the removal of the meat product at the time and place of its removal.

When does the inspector request the importer to remove meat products that have been imported into Canada?

The inspector requests removal of imported product into Canada when he or she believes on reasonable grounds that there has been a contravention of the Meat Inspection Act or Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990.

How does the inspector request the importer to remove meat products imported into Canada?

Annex J of Chapter 10 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures details how an inspector requests an importer to remove meat products imported into Canada.

14.2.5 Refusal to Certify Meat Product for Export

Where is the authority to refuse to certify meat products for export?

The Meat Inspection Act states:

7. No person shall export a meat product out of Canada unless

(a) it was prepared or stored in a registered establishment that was operated in accordance with this Act and the regulations;
(b) that person provides an inspector with evidence satisfactory to the Minister that the meat product meets the requirements of the country to which it is being exported; and
(c) that person obtains a certificate from an inspector authorizing the export of that meat product.

When does the inspector refuse to certify meat products for export?

The inspector or Official Veterinarian refuses to certify meat products for export when he or she is unable to verify that the export shipment conforms to the requirements of the importing country.

How does the inspector refuse to certify meat products for export?

The inspector or Official Veterinarian:

  • verbally notifies the applicant/establishment management that the meat product will not be certified for export and explains the reason/issue;
  • returns the uncertified export document to the applicant/establishment; and
  • completes the verification task related to the reason for refusal and references the refusal in the CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR) issued to the operator.

14.2.6 Prosecution

Where is the authority to prosecute?

The Meat Inspection Act states:

21. (1) Every person who contravenes paragraph 5(b) or 6(b) by selling anything contrary thereto is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to a fine not exceeding $250,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both.

(2) Every person who contravenes section 7 or 8 or who contravenes section 10 by selling any meat product contrary to subsection (1) or (2) thereof

(a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to punishment as described in subsection (1); or
(b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to punishment as described in subsection (4).

(3) Every person who contravenes or fails to comply with subsection 13(2) or the regulations is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding $50,000.

(4) Subject to subsections (1) to (3), every person who contravenes any provision of this Act is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both.

(5) A prosecution for a summary conviction offence under this Act may be instituted at any time within two years after the time when the subject-matter of the prosecution becomes known to the Minister.

(6) A document purporting to have been issued by the Minister, certifying the day on which the subject-matter of any prosecution became known to the Minister is admissible in evidence without proof of the signature or official character of the person appearing to have signed the document and is evidence of the matters asserted in it.

When is prosecution considered?

Prosecution is considered by the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada when he or she receives a recommendation from the Area Chief Inspector to do so.

The Area Chief Inspector recommends prosecution based on the information provided by the Issue Analysis Team when a CFIA/ACIA 5393 INCR has been issued by an inspector.

14.2.7 Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs)

What are AMPs?

AMPs serve as an alternative to the existing prosecution system (prosecution) and are a supplement to existing enforcement measures. AMPs take the form of a Notice of Violation (NOV) with a written warning or a NOV with a penalty. CFIA inspectors in federally registered establishments may recommend the issuance of a NOV as an enforcement tool in response to non-compliance with certain provisions of the Meat Inspection Act and Meat Inspection Regulations, for humane transportation and other animal health issues.

Please consult the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Act and Regulations for more information.

Where is the authority to issue a Notice of Violation (NOV)?

The authority to issue a NOV is under section 7. (2) of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Act.

The Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Act states:

7. (2) Where a person designated under paragraph 6(a) has reasonable grounds to believe that a person has committed a violation, the designated person may issue, and shall cause to be served on the person, a notice of violation (...)

Who is designated to issue a NOV?

Pursuant to section 6(a) of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Act, a person or class of persons designated by the Minister may issue notices of violation.

The Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Act states:

6. The Minister may

(a) designate persons, or classes of persons, who are authorized to issue notices of violation;

The President delegated this authority to the Vice President of Operations, CFIA. The Vice President of Operations, CFIA has designated the Regional Chief Inspectors and Inspection Mangers to issue NOVs. CFIA Letters of Delegation and Designation are available to inspection staff upon request.

When is a NOV issued?

For violations of the MIA/MIR provisions that are subject to AMPs and are related to CVS tasks, the Management Review Team will recommend the issuance of a NOV with penalty when an operator fails to implement effective corrective measures to address the non-compliance identified on a CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR) within a specified timeframe. The Inspection Manager issues a NOV with penalty and records the action taken on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form. A copy of the Notice of Violation is attached to the tracking form and placed on file.

An Operational Procedure has been developed to provide additional guidance to the inspectorate on how AMPs will be used as an enforcement tool in addressing violations of certain provisions of the MIA/MIR.

The MIA/MIR provisions subject to AMPs and their corresponding classification of the severity of violation can be found in Schedule 1, Part 3, of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations.

14.2.8 Issuance of a Mandatory Recall Order

Where is the authority to issue a mandatory recall order?

The CFIA Act states:

19. (1) Where the Minister believes on reasonable grounds that a product regulated under an Act or provision that the Agency enforces or administers by virtue of section 11 poses a risk to public, animal or plant health, the Minister may, by notice served on any person selling, marketing or distributing the product, order that the product be recalled or sent to a place designated by the Minister.

When is a mandatory recall order issued?

The Minister issues a mandatory recall order when the Minister believes on reasonable grounds that a product poses a risk to public, animal or plant health. The reasonable grounds are generally based upon information received from the CFIA Office of Food Safety and Recall.

The CFIA Office of Food Safety and Recall recommends a mandatory recall to the Minister when they are notified by the Area Recall Coordinator (ARC) that an operator refuses to voluntarily recall a product (regulated under an Act that the Agency enforces or administers) that poses a risk to public, animal or plant health.

Inspectors notify the ARC when a product is in distribution that poses a risk to public, animal or plant health. In the event of a mandatory or voluntary recall the inspector completes the verification task(s) related to the cause of the recall and references the recall in the CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR) issued to the operator.

For additional recall information, refer to the Food Emergency Response Manual available by contacting the CFIA's Office of Food Safety and Recall.

14.2.9 Suspension of a Licence to Operate

Where is the authority to suspend a Licence to Operate?

The Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 state:

29.2 (1) The President may suspend an operator's licence

(a) if

(i) the registered establishment does not comply with the requirements of the Act, these Regulations, the FSEP Manual or the Manual of Procedures,
(ii) the operator fails to comply with the requirements of the Act, these Regulations, the FSEP Manual or the Manual of Procedures,
(iii) it is reasonable to believe that public health will be endangered or the edibility of meat products produced in the registered establishment would be affected if the establishment is allowed to continue operating, or
(iv) the HACCP plans or the prerequisite plans of the registered establishment no longer comply with the requirements specified in the FSEP Manual;

The Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 provide the President with the authority to suspend an operator's licence. The President delegated this authority to the Area Chief Inspector. CFIA Letters of Delegation and Designation are available to inspection staff upon request.

When is the process to suspend a Licence to Operate initiated?

The Review Team initiates the process to suspend an operator's licence when:

  • the Review Team receives a request for management review completed by an inspector where a CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR) has been issued and the operator has not implemented effective corrective and preventive measures by the specified date and the team recommends this as the most appropriate action to achieve compliance; or
  • the Review Team determines that the operator did not implement corrective measures by the date specified in the Final Notice of Non-Compliance. See 14.2.1.5 - What is a Final Notice of Non-Compliance?; or
  • the Review Team is notified by the Regional Chief Inspector that a written referral was received from the Director of the National Accounts Receivable Service to initiate regulatory action as warranted for the operator's delinquent account.

How is the process to suspend a Licence to Operate initiated?

Step 1 - Issuance of Notice of Suspension of a Licence to Operate by the Area Chief Inspector

The Area Chief Inspector:

  • completes a Notice of Suspension of a Licence to Operate using the letter template when he or she receives a recommendation from the Review Team and he or she supports the recommendation;
  • has the Notice of Suspension delivered by registered mail or by hand to the operator;
  • records his or her actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and attaches a copy of the Notice of Suspension to the file;
  • forwards the form and the file to the Review Team for next steps;

The Inspector:

  • ensures that the licence to operate and all items bearing the Meat Inspection Legend such as labels, packaging materials, export stickers and stamps are placed under the control of the inspector until the suspension is lifted;
  • obtains from the operator a complete inventory of product still owned by the operator stored in the establishment and offsite. The inventory report contains the following information: complete description of product (brand name, container type, net weight, UPC codes, etc.), quantity, distribution and present storage location;

The Review Team:

  • records the actions taken on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form.

Step 2 - Determination of Compliance to Terms stated in Notice of Suspension

Based on the verifications conducted by the inspector, the Review Team determines if the operator meets the terms stated in the Notice of Suspension within 90 days after the date on which the licence was suspended.

The Inspector:

  • records his or her findings on the CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Follow-up and closes the report (if applicable); and
  • documents the result of his or her follow-up verification on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and informs his or her supervisor and Inspection Manager.

The Review Team:

  • reviews the result of the inspector's follow-up verification.

If the Review Team determines that the operator met the terms stated in the Notice of Suspension:

The Review Team:

  • records their actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form;
  • forwards the file to the Area Chief Inspector for lifting of the suspension of the operator's licence and proceeds to Step 3; and
  • provides feedback to the inspector.

If the Review Team determines that the operator did not meet the terms stated in the Notice:

The Review Team:

  • records their actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form;
  • forwards the form and the file to the Area Chief Inspector to recommend maintaining the suspension or cancellation of the licence. (See 14.2.12 - Cancellation of a License to Operate); and
  • provides feedback to the inspector.

Step 3 - Lifting of the Suspension

The Area Chief Inspector:

  • uses the letter template to complete a written notification that the suspension has been lifted and forwards it to the operator;
  • records his or her actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and attaches the written notification to the file;
  • returns the form to the Review Team;

The Inspector:

  • has any items bearing the Meat Inspection Legend that were placed under the control of the inspector, including the licence itself, returned to the operator;

The Review Team:

  • records the actions taken on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and closes the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form.

14.2.10 Suspension of an Authorization to Operate a Post-Mortem Examination Program

The Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 and the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures offer operators of poultry slaughtering establishments the option to operate under the following methods of post-mortem inspection:

  • traditional inspection (Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures, Chapter 19, section 19.6.1);
  • Modernized Poultry Inspection Program (MPIP) (Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures, Chapter 19, section 19.6.2) a "post-mortem examination program" as defined in section 2. (1) of the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990.

Where is the authority to suspend the authorization to operate a Post-Mortem Inspection Program?

The Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 state:

29.4 (1) The President may suspend an operator's authorization to operate a post-mortem examination program

(a) if

(i) the operator fails to comply with the requirements of the Act, these Regulations or the Manual of Procedures, or
(ii) it is reasonable to believe that public health will be endangered or the edibility of meat products produced in the registered establishment would be affected if the establishment is allowed to continue operating; and

(b) if

(i) an inspector has notified the operator of the existence of grounds for suspension under paragraph (a),
(ii) an inspector has provided the operator with a copy of an inspection report that sets out the grounds for suspension and the date by which corrective measures must be implemented in order to avoid the suspension of the program, and
(iii) the operator has failed to take or is unable to take corrective measures by the date referred to in subparagraph (ii).

(1.1) If the President suspends an operator’s authorization, the President shall send a notice of suspension to the operator.

The Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 provide the President with the authority to suspend the authorization to operate a Post-Mortem Examination Program. The President delegated this authority to the Area Chief Inspector. CFIA Letters of Delegation and Designation are available to inspection staff upon request.

When is the process to suspend the authorization to operate a Post-Mortem Inspection Program initiated?

The Review Team initiates this process when:

  • the Review Team receives a request for a management review completed by an inspector when a CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR) has been issued regarding the operator's post-mortem examination program (MPIP) and the operator has not implemented effective corrective and preventive measures by the specified date and the team recommends this as the most appropriate action to achieve compliance; or
  • the Review Team determines that the operator did not take corrective measures by the date specified in the Final Notice of Non-Compliance.

How is the process to suspend the authorization to operate a Post-Mortem Inspection Program initiated?

Step 1 - Issuance of Notice of Suspension of the authorization to operate a Post-Mortem Inspection Program by the Area Chief Inspector

The Area Chief Inspector:

  • uses the letter template to complete a Notice of Suspension of an authorization to operate a Post-Mortem Inspection Program when he/she receives a recommendation from the Review Team and he or she supports the recommendation;
  • has the Notice delivered by registered mail or by hand to the operator;
  • records their actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and attaches the copy of the Notice of Suspension to the file; and
  • forwards the form and the file to the Review Team for next steps.

Note: In the event of a suspension of the authorization to operate a post-mortem examination program, the operator may request to operate under traditional inspection. The operator must apply to the Director as per licence application procedures in Chapter 2 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures.

Step 2 - Determination of Compliance to Terms Stated in Notice of Suspension of the authorization to operate a Post-Mortem Inspection Program

Based on the verifications conducted by the inspector, the Review Team determines if the operator meets the terms stated in the Notice of Suspension.

The Inspector:

  • records his/her findings on the CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Follow-up and closes the report; and
  • documents the result of his or her follow-up verification on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and informs his or her supervisor and Inspection Manager.

The Review Team:

  • reviews the result of the inspector's follow-up verification.

If the Review Team determines that the operator met the terms stated in the Notice:

The Review Team:

  • records their actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form;
  • forwards the file to the Area Chief Inspector for lifting of the suspension of the authorization to operate a Post-Mortem Inspection Program and proceeds to Step 3; and
  • provides feedback to the inspector.

If the Review Team determines that the operator did not meet the terms stated in the Notice:

The Review Team:

  • records their actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form;
  • initiates the process to suspend an operator's licence. See 14.2.9 - Suspension of a Licence to Operate; and
  • provides feedback to the inspector.

Step 3 - Lifting of the Suspension

The Area Chief Inspector:

  • uses the letter template to complete a written notification that the suspension has been lifted, and forwards it to the operator;
  • records his or her actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and attaches the written notification to the file;
  • returns the form to the Review Team;

The Review Team:

  • closes the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form.

14.2.11 Refusal to Renew a Licence to Operate

Where is the authority to refuse to renew a Licence to Operate?

The Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 state:

29. (4) The President shall issue, renew or modify a licence to operate a registered establishment unless, subject to subsection (7),

(a) the applicant or operator does not have a scheduled work shift, as defined in section 125, covering the operations of the registered establishment for the period to which the application relates;
(b) the applicant or operator does not have the required prerequisite programs and other control programs in place or the programs are not functioning in accordance with the FSEP Manual or the Manual of Procedures;
(c) the applicant or operator does not have the required HACCP plans in place or the HACCP plans are not functioning in accordance with the FSEP Manual; or
(d) based on the information provided with the application, the President determines that the operation of the registered establishment by the applicant or operator may not comply with the requirements of the Act and these Regulations.

The Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 state:

29. (9) Subject to subsection (10), a licence to operate a registered establishment shall be valid for not more than one year after the date of issuance and shall expire on the date specified under the operator's name in the Register of Operators.

The Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 state:

29. (10) A licence to operate a registered establishment may be renewed on the expiry of the period referred to in subsection (9) if an operator continues to meet the conditions of the licence set out in this section, including the payment of all necessary fees.

The Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 provide the President with the authority to refuse to renew an operator's licence. The President delegated this authority to the Director, Meat Programs Division (MPD). CFIA Letters of Delegation and Designation are available to inspection staff upon request. Note, however, that the CFIA is currently reviewing the Letters of Delegation and Designation as a result of the organizational realignments within the Agency. Once the review is completed, Chapter 14 will be updated to reflect any changes to the Letters of Delegation and Designation.

When is the process to refuse to renew a licence to operate initiated?

The Director, MPD initiates the process to refuse to renew a licence to operate when he/she receives a recommendation from the Review Team to initiate the process to refuse to renew an operator's licence and he/she supports the recommendation.

The Review Team recommends to the Director, MPD to initiate the process to refuse to renew a licence to operate when the CFIA is in the process of suspending or has suspended the licence to operate and the team recommends this as the most appropriate action to achieve compliance.

How does the Review Team recommend that the Director initiate the process to refuse to renew a licence to operate?

The Review Team recommends that the Director, MPD initiate the process to refuse to renew a licence to operate by entering their recommendation on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and forwarding the form along with all relevant documentation (inspection reports, correspondence etc.) to the Director, MPD.

How does the Director, MPD refuse to renew an operator's licence?

Step 1 - Director, MPD Issues a Refusal to Renew a Licence to Operate

The Director, MPD:

  • completes the Refusal to Renew a Licence to Operate using the letter template, giving the reason for refusal and advising that the applicant may, within 15 days after the date of the notification, submit comments in writing regarding the refusal, to which the Director, MPD shall reply;
  • has the Refusal delivered by registered mail or by hand to the operator;
  • records his or her actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and attaches a copy of the Refusal to the file.

Step 2 - Determination of Compliance to Terms stated in Refusal

Based on the comments submitted by the operator and, if necessary, verifications conducted by the inspector, the Review Team determines if the operator meets the terms stated in the Refusal.

The Inspector:

  • records his or her findings on the CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Follow-up and closes the report (if applicable); and
  • documents the result of his or her follow-up verification on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and informs his or her supervisor and Inspection Manager.

The Review Team:

  • reviews the result of the inspector's follow-up verification.

If the Review Team determines that the operator met the terms stated in the Refusal:

The Review Team:

  • records their actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form;
  • forwards the file to the Director, MPD for renewal of Licence to Operate; and
  • provides feedback to the inspector.

The Director, MPD:

The Review Team:

  • closes the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form.

If the Review Team determines that the operator did not meet the terms stated in the Refusal:

The Review Team:

  • records their actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form;
  • forwards the form and the file to the Director, MPD to recommend the Non-Renewal of a Licence to Operate and proceeds to Step 3; and
  • provides feedback to the inspector.

Step 3 - Non-Renewal of a Licence to Operate

The Director, MPD:

  • completes a Non-Renewal of a Licence to Operate using the letter template;
  • has the Non-Renewal delivered by registered mail or by hand to the operator and a copy of the Non-Renewal is retained on the operator's file;
  • has the operator removed from the Agency's List of Registered Establishments;
  • records his or her actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and attaches a copy of the Non-Renewal to the file;
  • returns the file to the Review Team for additional action;

The Inspector:

  • has the operator surrender their Licence to Operate;
  • takes control of all labels, packaging materials, export stickers and stamps bearing the meat inspection legend;
  • ensures the legend is removed from all packaging materials, etc. at the expense of the operator;
  • obtains from the operator a complete inventory of products still owned by the operator that are stored in the establishment and offsite. The inventory report contains the following information: complete description of product (brand name, container type, net weight, UPC codes, etc.), quantity, distribution and present storage location;
  • has the supplies and equipment belonging to CFIA removed from the premises;
  • closes the CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report (if applicable);
  • records his or her actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form;

The Review Team:

  • has the registered establishment evaluated to determine if it meets the requirements of section 28 of the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990:
    • If the Review Team determines that the establishment meets the requirements, the evaluation is documented on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and a subsequent evaluation is scheduled within 12 months;
    • If the Review Team determines that the establishment does not meet the requirements, a CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR) is issued to the establishment owner;
  • records their actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form.

Note: If the establishment owner does not take corrective measures to bring the establishment back into compliance by the date specified in the Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request, the process to cancel the registration of the establishment is initiated. See 14.2.13 - Cancellation of an Establishment Registration.

How does an operator obtain a licence to operate after a licence was refused renewal?

After the operator's license is refused renewal, the operator is considered a new applicant and he/she must apply, as required for a new licence, to the Area Chief Inspector. See Chapter 2 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures.

14.2.12 Cancellation of a Licence to Operate

Where is the authority to cancel a licence to operate?

The Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 state:

29.3 (1) The President may cancel an operator's licence if

(a) the operator has not implemented the required corrective measures within 90 days after the date on which the licence was suspended; or
(b) the application for a licence to operate a registered establishment contains false or misleading information.

The Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 provide the President with the authority to cancel an Operator's Licence. The President delegated this authority to the Director, Meat Programs Division (MPD). CFIA Letters of Delegation and Designation are available to inspection staff upon request. Note, however, that the CFIA is currently reviewing the Letters of Delegation and Designation as a result of the organizational realignments within the Agency. Once the review is completed, Chapter 14 will be updated to reflect any changes to the Letters of Delegation and Designation.

When is the process to cancel a licence to operate initiated?

The Director, MPD initiates the process to cancel a licence to operate when he or she receives a recommendation from the Review Team to cancel an operator's licence and he or she supports the recommendation.

The Review Team recommends that the Director, MPD initiate the process to cancel a licence to operate when:

  • Based on verifications conducted by the inspector, the Review Team determines the operator has not met the terms as stated in the Notice of Suspension within 90 days after the date on which the licence was suspended. See 14.2.9 - Suspension of a Licence to Operate - Step 2; or
  • The Review Team has received a CFIA/ACIA 5393 INCR which provides evidence that the operator has obtained a licence based on false or misleading information, as identified during the course of inspection activities by the inspector, and the team recommends that this is the most appropriate action to achieve compliance.

How does the Review Team recommend the Director, MPD initiate the process to cancel a licence to operate?

The Review Team recommends that the Director, MPD initiate the process to cancel an operator's licence by entering their recommendation on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and forwarding the form, along with all relevant documentation (inspection reports, correspondence etc.), to the Director, MPD.

How does the Director, MPD initiate the process to cancel a licence to operate?

Step 1 - The Director, MPD Issues a Notice of Proposal to Cancel the Licence to Operate with the opportunity to be heard

The Director, MPD:

  • uses the letter template to complete the Notice of Proposal to Cancel the Licence to Operate, which advises the operator of an opportunity to be heard in respect of the cancellation;
  • has the Notice delivered by registered mail or by hand to the operator; and
  • records his or her actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and attaches a copy of the Notice to the file.

Step 2 - Formal Hearing with the Operator

If the operator accepts the opportunity for a formal hearing, the operator and the Director, MPD agree to meet with a designated third party adjudicator. A record of the meeting is documented on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form.

  • If the decision at the hearing is favourable to the operator, the Director confirms any decision or actions with the Review Team for follow up.
  • If the decision at the hearing is unfavourable, or the operator did not take the opportunity to be heard at a Formal Hearing, proceed to Step 4.

Step 3 - Determination of Compliance to Terms stated in Notice of Proposal

Based on the verifications conducted by the inspector, the Review Team determines if the operator meets the terms stated in the Notice of Proposal.

The Inspector:

  • records his or her findings on the CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Follow-up and closes the report; and
  • documents the result of his or her follow-up verification on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and informs his or her supervisor and Inspection Manager.

The Review Team:

  • reviews the result of the inspector's follow-up verification.

If the Review Team determines the operator met the terms stated in the Notice of Proposal:

The Review Team:

  • records its actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form;
  • forwards the form and the file to the Director, MPD to recommend not to proceed with the cancellation of the Licence to Operate; and
  • provides feedback to the inspector.

The Director, MPD:

  • uses the letter template to complete a written notification that the cancellation process has ended, and forwards it to the operator;
  • records their actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and attaches a copy of the written notification to the file;
  • returns the form and the file to the Review Team;

The Review Team:

  • closes the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form.

If the Review Team determines that the operator did not meet the terms stated in the Notice of Proposal:

The Review Team:

  • records its actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form;
  • forwards the form and the file to the Director, MPD to recommend the Cancellation of the Licence to Operate then proceeds to Step 4; and
  • provides feedback to the inspector.

Step 4 - Cancellation of a Licence to Operate

The Director, MPD:

  • completes a Notice of Cancellation of a Licence to Operate using the letter template;
  • has the Notice delivered by registered mail or by hand to the operator, and a copy of the Notice is retained on the operator's file;
  • records his or her actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and attaches a copy of the Notice of Suspension to the file;
  • returns the form to the Review Team;

The Inspector:

  • has the operator surrender his/her Licence to Operate;
  • takes control of all labels, packaging materials, export stickers and stamps bearing the meat inspection legend;
  • ensures the Meat Inspection Legend is removed from packaging materials, etc. at the expense of the operator;
  • obtains from the operator a complete inventory of product still owned by the operator stored in the establishment and offsite. The inventory report contains the following information: complete description of product (brand name, container type, net weight, UPC codes, etc.), quantity, distribution and present storage location;
  • has supplies and equipment belonging to the CFIA removed from the premises;
  • closes the CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR);
  • records his or her actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form;

The Review Team:

  • has the registered establishment evaluated to determine if it meets the requirements of section 28 of the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990:
    • If the Review Team determines that the establishment meets the requirements, the evaluation is documented on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and a subsequent evaluation is scheduled within 12 months.
    • If the Review Team determines that the establishment does not meet the requirements, a CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR) is issued to the establishment owner.
  • records their actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form.

Note: If the establishment owner does not take corrective measures to bring the establishment back into compliance by the date specified in the CFIA/ACIA  5472 Inspection Report - Corrective Action Request (CAR), the process to cancel the establishment registration is initiated. See 14.2.13 - Cancellation of an Establishment Registration.

How does an operator obtain a licence to operate after cancellation?

The operator is considered a new applicant and he/she must apply, as required for a new license, to the Area Chief Inspector. See Chapter 2 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures.

14.2.13 Cancellation of an Establishment Registration

Where is the authority to cancel an establishment registration?

The Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 state:

27. (5) The Director may cancel the registration of an establishment where the establishment ceases to comply with section 28.

The Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990 provide the Director, Meat Programs Division (MPD) with the authority to cancel an establishment's registration. Note, however, that the CFIA is currently reviewing the Letters of Delegation and Designation as a result of the organizational realignments within the Agency. Once the review is completed, Chapter 14 will be updated to reflect any changes to the Letters of Delegation and Designation.

When is the process to cancel an establishment's registration initiated?

The Director, MPD initiates the process to cancel an establishment's registration when he or she receives a recommendation to initiate this process from the Review Team and he or she supports the recommendation.

The Review Team recommends the cancellation of an establishment's registration to the Director, MPD when it is determined that the establishment does not meet the requirements of section 28 of the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990. See Step 4 of 14.2.12 Cancellation of a Licence to Operate.

How does the Review Team recommend that the Director, MPD initiate the process to cancel an establishment's registration?

The Review Team recommends that the Director, MPD initiate the process to cancel an establishment's registration by entering their recommendation on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and forwarding the form, along with all relevant documentation (inspection reports, correspondence etc.), to the Director, MPD.

How does the Director cancel an establishment's registration when the establishment no longer complies with section 28 of the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990?

Step 1 - Director, MPD Issues a Notice of Proposal to Cancel the Establishment Registration with the opportunity to be heard

The Director, MPD:

  • completes the Notice of Proposal to Cancel using the letter template, which advises the owner of an opportunity to be heard with respect to the cancellation;
  • has the Notice of Proposal delivered by registered mail or by hand to the owner and a copy of the Notice is retained on file; and
  • records his or her actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and attaches a copy of the Notice of Proposal to the file.

Step 2 - Formal Hearing with the Owner

If the owner accepts the opportunity for a formal hearing, the owner and the Director, MPD or their designate agree to meet with a designated third party adjudicator. A record of the meeting is documented on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form.

  • If the decision at the hearing is favourable to the owner, the Director, MPD confirms any decision or actions with the Review Team for follow up.
  • If the decision at the hearing is unfavourable, or the owner did not take the opportunity to be heard at a Formal Hearing, proceed to Step 4.

Step 3 - Determination of Compliance to Terms Stated in the Notice of Proposal

Based on the verifications conducted by the inspector, the Review Team determines if the operator met the terms stated in the Notice of Proposal.

The Inspector:

  • records his or her findings on the CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report - Follow-up and closes the report; and
  • documents the result of his or her follow-up verification on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and informs his or her supervisor and Inspection Manager.

The Review Team:

  • reviews the result of the inspector's follow-up verification.

If the Review Team determines that the operator met the terms stated in the Notice of Proposal:

The Review Team:

  • records its actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form;
  • forwards the form and the file to the Director, MPD to recommend not to proceed with the Cancellation of Establishment Registration; and
  • provides feedback to the inspector.

The Director, MPD:

  • uses the letter template to complete a written notification that the cancellation process has ended and forwards it to the operator;
  • records his or her actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and attaches a copy of the written notification to the file;
  • returns the form and the file to the Review Team;

The Review Team:

  • closes the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form.

If the Review Team determines that the operator does not meet the terms stated in the Notice of Proposal:

The Review Team:

  • records their actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form;
  • forwards the form and the file to the Director, MPD to recommend Cancellation of Establishment Registration then proceeds to Step 4; and
  • provides feedback to the inspector.

Step 4: Cancellation of Establishment Registration

The Director, MPD:

  • completes a Notice of Cancellation of Establishment Registration using the letter template;
  • has the Notice of Cancellation delivered by registered mail or by hand to the owner and a copy of the Notice of Cancellation is retained on file;
  • has the establishment removed from the Agency's Register of Establishments;
  • records his or her actions on the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form and attaches a copy of the Notice of Suspension to the file;
  • returns the form to the Review Team;

The Inspector:

  • closes the CFIA/ACIA 5472 Inspection Report;

The Review Team:

  • closes the CFIA/ACIA 5517 Enforcement Tracking Form.

How does the establishment get re-registered?

If the applicant wants to have the establishment registered at a later date, he/she must apply, as required for a new establishment, to the Area Program Specialist, Establishment Approval. See Chapter 2 of the Meat Hygiene Manual of Procedures.

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