83.17. The prescription period for penal proceedings for offences under this Act or the regulations is the longer of
(1) five years from the date the offence was committed; and
(2) two years from the date on which the inspection that led to the discovery of the offence began, if false representations were made to the Minister or a person designated to act as inspector for the purposes of this Act.
In the cases referred to in subparagraph 2 of the first paragraph, the certificate of the Minister or inspector constitutes, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, conclusive proof of the date on which the inspection began.