(Jan. 15/14) After a two-year fight for members, CRFA has convinced the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food to stop requiring restaurants that process meat for their own use to be licensed as a meat plant. As of Jan. 1, 2014, a restaurant that generates more than half of its business from preparing and serving food, including processing meat (e.g. fermentation, smoking, curing), will not be licensed as a meat plant. Instead, it will fall under the sole jurisdiction of the public health unit.
Previously, some restaurants were forced to put in separate facilities and meet the same regulations as a meat plant if they wanted to process any of their meat products.

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