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Gerald Goldhar fined $9,800 for contravening the Fish Inspection Act and Food and Drugs Act

March 5, 2020, Ottawa

On December 18, 2015, a conviction was registered in the Ontario Court of Justice in Windsor against Gerald Goldhar, of Windsor, Ontario. Sentencing was imposed against Mr. Goldhar on February 24, 2016. A subsequent appeal by Mr. Goldhar to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice was dismissed in February 2019, and a Motion for leave to appeal was dismissed by the Ontario Court of Appeal in February 2020.

The court fined Mr. Goldhar $9,800.

Mr. Goldhar, President of Jer-Mar Foods Ltd., and a consultant for Coolwater Fish Ltd., was convicted of contravening provisions of the Fish Inspection Regulations, which is an offence under section 17.1 of the Fish Inspection Act. The offences involved importing fish products without providing proper notification to an Inspector, moving these products without first being inspected or being advised that inspection was not needed, and for importing fish products which failed to meet the requirements of the Regulations.

Mr. Goldhar was also convicted of contravening section 4(1)(b) of the Food and Drugs Act, constituting an offence under section 31.1 of that Act. The offence involved imported fish products, not suitable for human consumption, found to be in possession for sale. The possession for sale of food products unfit for human consumption is prohibited.

In addition, Mr. Goldhar was convicted of making false or misleading statements to Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) inspectors, contrary to section 24(1) of the Food and Drugs Act as well as falsifying declarations made under the Fish Inspection Regulations, contrary to section 9(1) of the Fish Inspection Act.

All offences took place between September 20, 2010 and June 30, 2011.

The CFIA is responsible for the administration and enforcement of federal legislation, acts and regulations, including the Safe Food for Canadians Act and the Food and Drugs Act. The Agency is dedicated to safeguarding food, animal, and plant health, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment and economy.

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