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The Food (Northern Ireland) Order 1989

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Sign to be displayed on premises, etc., where horseflesh is sold for human consumption

31.—(1) A person who sells, or offers or exposes for sale, or has in his possession for the purpose of sale, any horseflesh for human consumption elsewhere than in premises or in a stall, vehicle or place other than premises over or on which there is at all times displayed in a conspicuous position a notice in legible letters not less than four inches in height stating that horseflesh is sold there, shall be guilty of an offence.

(2) A person who supplies horseflesh for human consumption to a purchaser who has not asked to be supplied with horseflesh, or who has asked to be supplied with some compound article of food not ordinarily made of horseflesh, shall be guilty of an offence.

(3) If any horseflesh is exposed for sale elsewhere than in premises or in a stall, vehicle or place other than premises distinguished in accordance with paragraph (1) without anything to show that it was not intended for sale for human consumption, the onus of proving that it was not so intended shall rest upon the person exposing it for sale.

(4) In this Article—

“horseflesh” means the flesh of horses, asses and mules, and includes any such flesh whether cooked or uncooked and whether alone, or accompanied by, or mixed with, any other substance; and

“flesh” includes any part of any such animal.

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