Metropolis shuts down home-based meals enterprise after investigation

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A Metropolis of Ottawa investigation begun final fall has concluded with an unlawful home-based meals enterprise shutting down.

“The non-permitted meals enterprise ceased operations following the issuance of notices of violation to each the tenant and property proprietor,” mentioned Roger Chapman, town’s director of bylaw and regulatory companies. Chapman wouldn’t determine the enterprise.

Final fall, town launched investigations into two complaints of meals companies working out of individuals’s properties after a coalition of Ottawa Indian restaurateurs raised the problem with metropolis officers. The restaurateurs wished a clamp-down on home-based companies promoting South Asian meals through Fb and Kijiji.

The investigation into the opposite grievance is ongoing.

The Indian restaurateurs mentioned greater than 20 home-based meals distributors had been promoting objects reminiscent of biryani, butter hen and extra on-line. This newspaper simply discovered different distributors promoting Nigerian dishes, Turkish pizza, Lebanese meals and different objects that had been described as “home-made.”

Ontario laws enable just for so-called “low-risk meals” to be made in vendor’s properties, together with baked items, pickles, jams and preserves, sweets, laborious candies, fudge and different objects. Different meals have to be ready in industrial kitchens, which require Ottawa Public Well being approval and that are to be inspected to make sure they adjust to provincial laws.