Eid Mubarak!

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.

Ontario Approved stamp

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

  • When you arrive at the meat plant, please check in with plant staff.
  • Sanitary attire must be worn and hand washing practices followed where meat products are present. Sanitary attire includes:
    • Appropriate footwear (closed-toed shoes) or disposable boot covers
    • Beard nets
    • Hair nets
    • Clean lab coat or similar garment to cover street clothes
  • Follow the operator's instructions to receive your meat products.
  • Restricted areas of the plant and containers of inedible products are off limits to customers.
  • Direct your questions to the meat plant operator or to his or her identified representative, rather than to Meat Inspectors.
  • Note that photography and video may not be permitted for safety and privacy reasons. Please check with the operator prior to arrival.
  • Please note that most plants do not have public washrooms.
  • All animals must receive ante mortem (live animal inspection) by a ministry inspector before slaughter.
  • Your patience is appreciated as longer wait times may be expected during Eid; bring any supplies you may need during the day including food, water and portable chairs.

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:

  • It is recommended that you protect your meat products to prevent contamination before you leave the plant.
  • Plan to minimize travel time in transporting your unrefrigerated meat products to help prevent spoilage.
  • Consider bringing a portable cooler and/or ice to transport meat products.

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

Questions?

Call: 1-877-424-1300

Email: meat.inspection.communications@ontario.ca

We wish you a very happy Eid Mubarak!

List of Plants that Provide Religious and Ritual Slaughter Services during Eid-al-Adha


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 27 August 2015
Last Reviewed: 20 June 2018