What you need to know and do to get safe inspected meat from a provincially licensed meat plant to celebrate with your family and friends.
A shared responsibility
Meat plant operators strive to serve your needs for halal meat so that everyone receives service in a safe and respectful environment.
By law, Ontario's Meat Inspectors are present at all times to ensure that the province's food safety and animal welfare laws are met, including the humane transport of animals.
In obtaining your meat at an Ontario-licenced meat plant, you are taking a positive step to safeguarding your family's health and safety.
Inspected meat products are stamped with an Ontario approved legend (label below) at all provincially licensed plants.
Please note, it is illegal to slaughter animals outside of a licensed meat plant.
Visiting the meat plant: What you need to know and do
Handling and transporting unrefrigerated meat products
Meat products are required to be refrigerated; however during Eid exemptions may be made.
Take precautions to ensure your meat is safe:
About Ontario's Meat Inspection Services
Ontario's Meat Inspectors are important partners in the province's food safety and animal welfare system.
The province's Meat Inspectors are staff of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. They work with meat plant operators to ensure that the province's food safety and animal welfare laws are met.
A key role for Ontario's Meat Inspectors is to ensure compliance with the province's food safety and animal welfare laws. They make sure the inspected meat you obtain for Eid-al-Adha is safe for you, your family and friends to enjoy.
If a risk to public safety, food safety, or animal welfare is identified, inspectors may intervene in the slaughter operation.
Religious Slaughter Services in Your Community
A number of licensed meat plants across Ontario provide religious slaughter services for Eid-al-Adha and other religious celebrations.
To find a plant near you, visit: ontario.ca/halalmeat
We wish you a very happy Eid Mubarak!
For more information:
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