Owner Alfred Lebherz objected to five conditions provincial inspectors imposed on his operation and appealed to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal – and lost.
The tribunal has ordered him to notify inspectors whenever he operates his facility to dry, cure and smoke meats, and to not only allow inspectors access, but also help them undertake their investigations.
The tribunal’s account of its public hearing indicates that Lebherz denied an inspector entry to the processing plant when he attempted to conduct a random inspection. Before that Lebherz always knew when inspectors would be coming.
The government suspended his licence on Aug. 14, held a hearing in December and restored his licence in January subject to five conditions. Lebherz objected to the conditions and filed the appeal.