Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990

Version of section 67 from 2006-03-22 to 2014-06-12:

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (9), every operator who slaughters a bird, other than an ostrich, a rhea or an emu, shall perform, within 24 hours before the time of slaughter, an ante mortem examination of the bird under the supervision of an official veterinarian.

  • (2) Subject to subsection (9), no food animal shall be slaughtered in a registered establishment unless the animal has been subjected, within 24 hours before the time of slaughter, to

    • (a) an ante-mortem examination performed under subsection (1), or

    • (b) an ante-mortem inspection performed by an official veterinarian or by an inspector under the supervision of an official veterinarian.

  • (3) No food animal shall be slaughtered in a registered establishment unless the slaughter has been authorized by an inspector.

  • (4) On the request of an inspector, the operator shall present a bird, other than an ostrich, a rhea or an emu, to the inspector for an ante-mortem inspection, even if the slaughter of the bird has been authorized under subsection (3).

  • (5) The operator shall not slaughter a bird that was the subject of a request under subsection (4) unless an inspector has, after that request, inspected the bird and authorized the slaughter of the bird.

  • (6) Subject to subsection (7), if an operator or an inspector who is not an official veterinarian suspects, in the course of the ante-mortem examination or the ante-mortem inspection of a food animal, that the food animal shows a deviation from normal behaviour or appearance, the food animal shall be held and referred to an official veterinarian for a detailed inspection and instructions regarding its disposition.

  • (7) An official veterinarian may instruct an operator or an inspector who is not an official veterinarian that food animals with certain deviations from normal behaviour or appearance

    • (a) are not required to be referred to an official veterinarian for a detailed inspection; and

    • (b) are to be disposed of in accordance with the instructions provided by an official veterinarian.

  • (8) An operator shall comply with any instructions from an official veterinarian under subsection (6) or (7).

  • (9) The Director may specify how an ante-mortem examination or ante-mortem inspection is to be performed, including

    • (a) the methods and equipment that shall be used; and

    • (b) the criteria that the operator or the inspector shall take into account in determining whether the ante-mortem examination or the ante-mortem inspection of a shipment of food animals may be performed by

      • (i) the examination or inspection of a sample from the shipment, or

      • (ii) in the case of a shipment of birds, other than ostriches, rheas and emus, the examination of the flock information document for the shipment.

  • SOR/2001-167, s. 11;
  • SOR/2004-280, s. 20.
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