…because of ridiculous provincial inspection demands. You can read one example here.
We use a butcher for our meat. He gets his meat from places like the Mennonites, and his cows are pasture fed without additives, hormones or any other such nonsense. His own son is a vet who tends to these animals.
He’s been in business for something like 50 years, most of those years here in Toronto. People come in from as far away as Detroit and Buffalo to buy his meats, sausages, cabbage rolls and other delights. Gary Roberts, the ex-Maple Leaf hockey player, bought the only meat he eats, buffalo, from him.
And now? He has to make costly upgrades and changes that might serve a factory better than a small, almost 80-year old proprietor. Upgrades and changes that will cost him more than he’s willing to, or can even affort to comply with.
And, he may have to stop making his own sausages. Like the butchers in the article above.
This is happening at the same time that the Ontario Provinical Liberals are worried about obesity in children. If we lose the butcher shops now that organic meat has become more important to the average Canadian than ever before, are we forced to go back to the feedlot-fed cattle who end up in e-coli infested factories for our meats?
What exaclty are these inspectors trying to accomplish? I would bet many of the small business, mom-and-pop shops in and around the GTA, have seldomly, or never, experienced any food-related issues causing sickness, or death. You only hear about this stuff from the larger factories. Wasn’t it just recently a Dominion grocery store in Etobicoke had to close down due to a mouse infestation or something like that?
Apparently, according to the government in the above article, the new rules “reduce risk”. Yet, the butchers themselves cannot recall an incident of sickness due to their product, so how much further can these legislations reduce a risk that is minimal, or non-existant to begin with?
Making home-made food for sale in small store-front businesses that dot the neighbourhood landscape is what Toronto is all about. But slowly, these businesses are forced to close down. Their pride in their foodstuffs, often made with local ingredients, and from recipes passed down from several generations, can no longer exist.
Instead, the province wants to encourage, even enforce, McFood.