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Canadian Court Gives Vet House Arrest

A Canadian veterinarian is now under house arrest for making false written statements.

The Ontario Court of Justice in Woodstock found Dr. Brian Hill guilty of a global count of violating section 35(1) of Canada’s Health of Animals Act.

Dr. Hill received a 12-month conditional sentence, which is resulting in nine months of house arrest.

An investigation followed by a complaint by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency found inconsistencies in the information Dr. Hill provided to the complainant, Holstein Canada, and to the CFIA.

The information appeared to misrepresent the numbers of embryos collected from the complainant’s cows and the sires used for fertilization.

The investigation found that between January 2006 and December 2007, Dr. Hill made false written statements in 103 Veterinary Certificates to six veterinary inspectors regarding 7,670 embryos he exported.

This is contrary to section 35(1) of the Health of Animals Act, which states that no person shall obstruct or hinder or make any false or misleading statement either orally or in writing to an analyst, inspector, or officer who is performing duties or functions under the Act or its regulations.

CFIA is responsible or enforcement of the Health of Animals Act and Canada’s other food safety laws.

Dr. Hill’s is the third conviction announced by CFIA his year.  Earlier in the month, CFIA announced that Try Canada Meats Inc. and Perfection Packers Inc. had been fined $24,000 each for violations of the Meat Inspection and Food and Drugs Acts.

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  • Why would Dr. Hill do this? How would he benefit by fudging the records? Can someone explain his role in the food industry and how he might benefit by lying?

  • Why would Dr. Hill do this? How would he benefit by fudging the records? Can someone explain his role in the food industry and how he might benefit by lying?

  • Brian Hill

    If you look at a normal export chart for embryos on the CFIA website such as for any EU country you will see that the countries involved comply with the directives of the OIE (properly processed embryos are considered to be disease free and as such do not spread diseases) . The Russian chart on the other hand, as agreed to by a Canadian government agent, dictates that each donor, prior to collection of embryos must receive an injection of streptomycin which has a 4 day milk withdrawal. For the volume of embryos required, 2000 collections were made which would have necessitated 200 tonnes of milk be discarded for no other reason than a Russian government agent said so. That doesn’t include the extra tanks of milk discarded due to owner error in putting treated milk into the bulk tanks.
    The chart also requires that each donor, prior to collection, be tested for 6 different diseases which either do not occur in the Canadian dairy herd (brucellosis, TB) or are not spread by embryos. If the CFIA even could have performed the 12,000 tests required, it would have cost Canadian tax payers about $300,000 just because a Russian government agent said so.
    The amount of documents required to export the embryos, as Dr. Hill did them through consolidation of 2000 collections down to 200 collections,(remember that the buyer asked for Canadian embryos, no registration required but the Canadian government insisted on it)produced a stack of documents over half a meter tall. If Dr. Hill had of complied with the government’s request for documentation, the pile would have been 6 meters tall. The Russian agents would still be processing them and the nitrogen tanks would be long dry.
    Dr. Hill said no to an insane chart. That’s all. The rest of the misinformation came from people who didn’t even bother to check the chart.