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Sikh Temple Fined Over Improper Food Preparation

Jan 7, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Sikh temple fined
over improper food preparation
<TABLE border=0 width="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD>Calgary Herald</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

Friday, January 22, 2010

A Sikh temple and 18 of its volunteer board members
have been fined $14,030 after pleading guilty to several
charges under the Public Health Act.

The infractions, including unsanitary conditions, improper
storage of food and improper training of volunteer workers,
were related to the northeast Dashmesh Cultural Centre
and the community's annual Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan Sikh
parade, dating back to 1998.

Provincial court Judge Judith Shriar fined the centre $7,475,
former president Mohinder Singh Deol $4,600 and 17
others $115 each, after accepting a joint submission
by Alberta Health Services prosecutor Rob O'Neill and
defence lawyer Jennifer Blanchard.

O'Neill, noting 46 people were sent to hospital with food-borne
illnesses following a previous function, said the fines would
likely have been significantly higher if he were dealing with
a for-profit organization.

© Calgary Herald 2010

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