Meat Inspection Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. 25 (1st Supp.))

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Meat Inspection Act

R.S.C., 1985, c. 25 (1st Supp.)

An Act respecting the import and export of and interprovincial trade in meat products, the registration of establishments, the inspection of animals and meat products in registered establishments and the standards for those establishments and for animals slaughtered and meat products prepared in those establishments

[1985, c. 17, assented to 16th May, 1985]

Short Title

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Meat Inspection Act.

Interpretation

Marginal note:Definitions
  •  (1) In this Act,

    advertise

    publicité

    advertise includes the making of a representation by any means whatever for the purpose of promoting, directly or indirectly, the sale or disposal of a meat product; (publicité)

    analyst

    analyste

    analyst means a person designated as an analyst pursuant to subsection 12(1); (analyste)

    animal

    animal

    animal means any animal in the class of mammals or birds and includes any other animal that is prescribed for the purposes of this Act or that falls within a class of animals prescribed for those purposes; (animal)

    carcass

    carcasse

    carcass means the body of a dead animal; (carcasse)

    establishment

    établissement

    establishment means any place in which animals are slaughtered or meat products are prepared, packaged, labelled or stored; (établissement)

    inspector

    inspecteur

    inspector means a person designated as an inspector pursuant to subsection 12(1) or (1.1); (inspecteur)

    label

    étiquette

    label includes any legend, word, mark, symbol, design, imprint, stamp, brand, ticket or tag or any combination thereof that is or is to be applied or attached to or included in, or that accompanies or is to accompany, any meat product, package or animal; (étiquette)

    meat inspection legend

    estampille

    meat inspection legend means any prescribed meat inspection legend; (estampille)

    meat product

    produit de viande

    meat product means

    • (a) a carcass,

    • (b) the blood of an animal or a product or by-product of a carcass, or

    • (c) a product containing anything described in paragraph (b); (produit de viande)

    Minister

    ministre

    Minister means the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food; (ministre)

    package

    emballage

    package means an inner or outer receptacle or covering used or to be used in connection with a meat product; (emballage)

    penalty

    sanction

    penalty means an administrative monetary penalty imposed under the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Act for a violation; (sanction)

    person

    personne

    person includes any individual, corporation, partnership or organization; (personne)

    prescribed

    Version anglaise seulement

    prescribed means prescribed by the regulations; (Version anglaise seulement)

    registered establishment

    établissement agréé

    registered establishment means an establishment registered in accordance with the regulations; (établissement agréé)

    sell

    vente

    sell includes

    • (a) to agree to sell,

    • (b) to offer, keep, expose, transmit, send, convey or deliver for sale,

    • (c) to exchange or agree to exchange, and

    • (d) to dispose of, or agree to dispose of, to any person in any manner for a consideration; (vente)

    Tribunal

    Commission

    Tribunal means the Review Tribunal continued by subsection 4.1(1) of the Canada Agricultural Products Act; (Commission)

    violation

    violation

    violation means any contravention of this Act or the regulations that may be proceeded with in accordance with the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Act. (violation)

  • Marginal note:Binding on Her Majesty

    (2) This Act is binding on Her Majesty in right of Canada or a province.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 25 (1st Supp.), s. 2;
  • 1994, c. 38, s. 25;
  • 1995, c. 40, s. 64;
  • 1997, c. 6, s. 72;
  • 2005, c. 38, s. 121.

Registered Establishment

Marginal note:Registered establishment
  •  (1) It shall be a condition of the registration and operation of an establishment as a registered establishment that the establishment and all animals and meat products in it are subject to this Act and the regulations.

  • Marginal note:Operator’s licence

    (2) No person shall operate a registered establishment unless that person has obtained a licence therefor in accordance with the regulations.

National Trade-mark

Marginal note:Meat inspection legend

 The meat inspection legend shall be a national trade-mark, and the exclusive property in and, subject to this Act, the right to the use of that trade-mark is hereby declared to be vested in Her Majesty in right of Canada.

Marginal note:Authorized use

 No person shall, unless authorized by the regulations,

  • (a) apply or use the meat inspection legend; or

  • (b) advertise or sell or have in his possession for any such purpose anything to which the meat inspection legend is applied or in connection with which the meat inspection legend is used.

Marginal note:Use of similar legend prohibited

 No person shall

  • (a) apply or use any legend, word, mark, symbol or design or any combination thereof that so closely resembles the meat inspection legend as to be likely to be mistaken for it; or

  • (b) advertise or sell or have in his possession for any such purpose anything to which there is applied or in connection with which there is used any legend, word, mark, symbol or design or any combination thereof that so closely resembles the meat inspection legend as to be likely to be mistaken for it.

Trade in Meat Products

Marginal note:Export

 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.

Marginal note:Interprovincial trade

 No person shall send or convey a meat product from one province to another unless

  • (a) it was prepared or stored in a registered establishment that was operated in accordance with this Act and the regulations; and

  • (b) it complies with prescribed standards and is packaged and labelled in the manner prescribed.

 
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