The former operator of a city grocery store who is in the midst of a trial on health violations now faces 37 new charges that allege the business continued even after public health shut it down with the owner pending on the original charges.
Wei Dong Cong appeared on the new set of offences in Brandon provincial court on Thursday.
"I anticipate this likely will also go to trial," Crown attorney Deidre Badcock said.
Cong is already on trial after pleading not guilty to 12 counts under the Public Health Act food handling regulations related to his grocery store on the 1300 block of Rosser Avenue. Those offences date from between April 22 and July 27, 2016.
Trial dates on those matters were held in December and January, but the case was adjourned and is now expected to continue in June.
In that case, an inspector has testified to finding such health concerns as unpackaged meet, food kept in a utility room with household items, uncovered eggs stored at room temperature, and dried fish soaking in water at room temperature.
The store was shut down and its permit revoked, but during her testimony delivered in January the health inspector testified that it had continued to run in defiance of the health hazard order.
The new regulatory counts and charges under the Public Health Act date from between Dec. 8, 2016, and Feb. 20, 2017, with one of the charges from that latter date listed as operating a food handling establishment without a permit.
That offence is repeatedly listed throughout the December to February charges. Also among them are allegations of handling food under insanitary conditions, failing to ensure that all potentially hazardous foods are from an approved source, and improper storage of food.
There are also counts of defacing or removing a closure placard posted by public health.
During trial on the original charges in January, the property manager told court that the building owners had declined to renew Cong’s lease and he was to vacate the building by March 31. Yesterday, the store appeared to be closed.