Canadian farmer charged with unlawful marketing of eggs
A farmer from Spencerville, Ontario, has been charged with several
offences under the Farmers Marketing Act.
The Egg Farmers of Ontario brought the charges against Shawn Carmichael and
his wife Paula, who were involved in a tense standoff with police in March when
the federal food inspectors raided their chicken farm.
ended peacefully after Carmichael agreed to hand over a dozen chickens, a crate
of eggs and photocopies of some of his files.
The couple each face 11
charges under the Farm Products Marketing Act, including unlawful marketing of
eggs and refusing to pay licensing and quota fees.
The Egg Farmers of
Ontario, independent marketing board responsible for setting prices and quotas
in the province, alleges that the Carmichaels were selling improperly graded
eggs and ran the farm without quotas for the operation of 9,000
According to officials quota fees for the Carmichaels could be
as high as $1.5-million.
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