Notification of charges laid against Richard John Yntema under the Health of Animals Act
November 13, 2020, Ottawa – On October 23, 2020, as a result of an investigation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), 12 charges under the Health of Animals Act were laid against Richard John Yntema, operator of Valley Wide Meats of Enderby British Columbia.
6 charges allege that between October 26, 2018, and May 15, 2019, Mr. Yntema obstructed and hindered CFIA animal health inspectors in violation of Section 35(1) of the Health of Animals Act by failing to provide requested contact information for regulated parties delivering unidentified or untagged animals for slaughter at Valley Wide Meats.
6 charges allege that between October 26, 2018 and May 15, 2019, Mr. Yntema failed to give reasonable assistance or furnish relevant information to inspectors in violation of Section 35(2) of the Health of Animals Act. It is alleged that he did not provide requested information about regulated parties delivering unidentified or untagged animals for slaughter at Valley Wide Meats.
Mr. Yntema will appear in Provincial Court at, 550-2nd Avenue, Salmon Arm, BC on a date to be determined.
The CFIA is responsible for the administration and enforcement of federal legislation, acts and regulations, including the Health of Animals Act and Regulations. The CFIA is dedicated to safeguarding food, animal, and plant health, which enhance the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment, and economy.
The CFIA issues notifications of charges laid to inform the public when charges have been laid by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) based on information provided by CFIA's Enforcement and Investigation Services (EIS). This Notice is part of our commitment to openness and transparency and ongoing efforts to increase awareness of our role in encouraging compliance with the various acts and regulations. In all cases, the subject of charges is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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