Provincial Regulations

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food  Food Inspection Branch ensures compliance with legislated standards for dairy, dairy analogs, eggs, fruit and vegetables, meat and livestock products.

meat inspection program

Meat Inspection Operations delivers continuous meat inspection services to licensed meat plants. Meat inspection services include monitoring plant operational practices, conducting ante- and post-mortem inspections of animals and carcasses in abattoirs, collecting and submitting laboratory samples and reporting plant and inspection statistical data. Learn More

Responsibilities Under the Meat Regulation

Court Summary of Convictions

Audit Program

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Microbial Monitoring

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food as part of their provincial meat inspection program conducts a microbiological monitoring program in provincially licensed meat plants that produce ready-to-eat (RTE) meat products. This is an ongoing, regulatory monitoring program, delivered under the authority of Regulation 31/05 (Meat) and the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001. Learn More

Emergency Slaughter

The regulation has been amended to protect stakeholder investment by allowing for the emergency slaughter of food animals outside of a slaughter plant in certain circumstances. Changes to federal Specified Risk Material (SRM) requirements have been incorporated into emergency slaughter procedures.

Emergency slaughter may only be performed where authorized by a regional veterinarian appointed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF). A regional veterinarian can only approve emergency slaughter where it is necessary.  Emergency Slaughter Scenarios

CFIA Permits for Emergency Slaughter

A permit is required for provincial plants to receive all emergency slaughter cattle, since they all have tissues capable of transmitting bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), known as specified risk material (SRM). This allows the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to track and maintain continuous control over SRM, to ensure that it does not enter livestock feed, pet food or fertilizer. To learn more about permit application forms (#5405) and the nearest CFIA district office.


Listeria is the name given to a particular group of species of bacteria. Within this group, Listeria Monocytogenes is a bacterium that is found widely in the environment including in soil, vegetation, water, animal feed, and many other places. It is also found in the intestines of both animals and humans.  The problem with Listeria Monocytogenes is that it is more resistant than most disease-causing food-borne bacteria to freezing, drying, high salt levels, nitrite and acid. It can also grow at low temperatures and with low oxygen levels such as those found on vacuum packaged meats. More information on controlling Listeria in your meat plant.