June 6, 2005

Maple Leaf Foods fined $10K after subsidiary sells non-permitted pesticides

STRATFORD, ONT-Maple Leaf Foods recently pleaded guilty to two charges in connection with violations of Ontario's Pesticides Act committed by the company's Shur-Gain St Mary's operation. A total fine of $10,000, plus victim fine surcharge, was imposed. Shur-Gain St Mary's, which produces animal feed, holds a general vendor's licence allowing it to possess and sell pest control products subject to restrictions under the Pesticides Act. In August 2003, an inspection by a Ministry of Environment (MOE) pesticides officer revealed that Shur-Gain St Mary's was selling Terminator Mouse and Rat Water-Resistant Bait and Dithioate 4E, pesticide products not permitted by its current vendor's licence. This constituted a contravention of regulation 914 under the Act. The MOE's investigation and enforcement branch subsequently confirmed the violations and charged Maple Leaf Foods.

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