Offal fish: Canadian company fined $30K

On June 8, 2016, in Surrey Provincial Court, Lions’ Gate Fisheries Ltd. pleaded guilty to one count each of contravening subsections 15(9)(a) and 15(9)(b) of the Fish Inspection Regulations. Lions’ Gate Fisheries Ltd. was Lions' Gate Fisheriesordered to pay a $30,000.00 fine.

Subsection 15(9) of the Fish Inspection Regulations indicates that an operator of a registered establishment shall comply with all the applicable provisions of the Fish Inspection Act and its Regulations, and implement and comply with a quality management program.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) investigation determined that, on September 22, 2014, in Delta, British Columbia, Lions’ Gate Fisheries Ltd. dressed salmon outside the designated area, and stored and processed fish offal in an improper manner.